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Science for the People: For a People-Centered Science: A Call to Action, Shannon Dosemagen, Volume 22, Number 2, Envisioning and Enacting the Science We Need

American Scientist: How Climate Science Could Lead to Action: Institutional context and history have led to top-down knowledge dissemination. Would infrastructure for public engagement help science lead to mobilization?, Samantha Jo Fried, Jan-Feb. 2020, VOLUME 108, Number 1 Page 34.


KidsLab podcast: The Public Lab Community Microscope Kit, Sven Haiges, Dec. 30, 2019

MAKE: Magazine: Community Science, Shannon Dosemagen, 10, 2019

Let's Break Good podcast: Episode 11, Do It Yourself Environmental Justice, Joe Agoada, Jun. 15, 2019

Google Open Source blog: Software Community Growth Through “first-timers-only” Issues, Gaurav Sachdeva, Jun. 5, 2019

WDSU New Orleans: 4th Graders Launch Weather Balloon to Photo-Document Traffic-Related Pollutants Along Claiborne Corridor, WDSU Digital Team, May 13, 2019


The Nation: Meet the Community Scientists Shaping the New Environmental Resistance, Emmalina Glinskis, Jul. 19, 2018

TechCrunch: How Citizen Science and open-source tech can create change, Ellie Anzilotti, Mar. 14, 2018

Red Hat Open Source Stories: The Science of Collective Discovery, May 9, 2018

Rosco Spectrum: Rosco Filter Helps Students Observe Earth's Vegetation - From Space!, Tatiana Massano, Mar. 23, 2018


The Economist: Do-It-Yourself Science is Taking Off, Ananyo Bhattacharya, Dec. 19, 2017

Discover: Science's Next Frontier? It's Civic Engagement, Louise Lief, Nov. 13, 2017

The Progressive: Communities Take the Lead in Battling Frac Sand Mines, Erik Ness, May 23, 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Even Big Data Starts Small. Public Lab appears in episode 1 around the 42-minute mark.

Yes! Magazine: 6 ways citizens across the U.S. are using science to build a better world, Shannon Stoll, Feb. 28, 2017

Vice / Motherboard: If Trump Dismantles the EPA, Use These Kits to Monitor the Environment, Brendan Seibel, Jan. 12, 2017


Landscape Architecture Magazine: Open Invitation: When DIY culture, open-source tech and citizen science converge, communities get a boost towards environmental justice, Jennifer Ruet, Oct. 2016 print edition

Guernica: Healing the Gulf with Buckets and Balloons, Anya Groner, Sept. 8, 2016

The Guardian: Can the open hardware revolution help to democratise technology?, Adrian Smith and Mariano Fressoli, Sept. 7, 2016

Creative Commons: Collaboratively Generating More Knowledge: Public Lab's approach to citizen science, Jennie Rose Halperin, Sept. 7, 2016

Washington Post: How to find a flying squirrel: Citizen scientists are enlisted to help scientists, John Blodgett, Mar. 22, 2016

Nature: Open hardware pioneers push for lowcost lab kit, Elizabeth Gibney, Mar. 8, 2016

Significance Magazine: Citizen science and statistics: playing a part, Robert Bain, Feb. 2016

MAKE Magazine:
Digital version: Public Lab Puts Eco Justice in the Hands of Citizen Scientists, Benjamin Preston, Feb. 9, 2016
Print version: Grime Fighters: A network of DIY environmentalists is helping monitor cleanups and busting polluters. Benjamin Preston Feb/Mar. 2016, p. 16-19

Kickstarter: The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers, Kickstarter staff, Feb. 9, 2016

Atlas Obscura: Finding Brooklyn's Ghost Streams, with old maps and new technology, Sarah Laskow, Jan. 8, 2016


Boston Globe: Handmade boats bring citizen science to the Mystic River, Elizabeth Preston, Sept. 16, 2015

FastCompany: Water, Water Everywhere- and how New Orleans deals with it, Steven Melendez, Sept. 2015

Segment on Swedish radio show Sveriges Radio: Medborgare blir miljöforskare, Marcus Hansson, Sept. 14, 2015

Hechinger Report: Ecohackers: These kids track pollution with balloons and kites, Chris Berdik, Jul. 22, 2015

Al Jazeera: Busting corporate polluters with DIY tools, Dan Boaden, Apr. 20, 2015

Al Jazeera: Armed with tech gadgets, civilians fight eco-crime, Dan Boaden, Apr. 20, 2015

Al Jazeera Earthrise: Crowdsourcing Data to Tackle Pollution, Apr. 19, 2015

BBC: DIY camera project measures plant health, Spencer Kelly, Apr. 10, 2015

BBC Click: Click grows food with gadgets on its smart allotment, Stephen Beckett, Apr. 6, 2015.

Huffington Post: Here's how a group of activists is using balloons to keep tabs on the environment, Joseph Erbentraut, Mar. 24, 2015

Huffington Post: How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood, Joseph Erbentraut, Feb. 27, 2015


Cape Cod Times: The real benefits of crowdsourcing science, Teresa Martin, Nov. 18, 2014

Make: Engadget Expand: Open Source Spectrometers, Caleb Kraft, Nov. 8, 2014

Engadget: 60 seconds with the kit that makes everyone their own 'mini EPA', Terrence O'Brien, Nov. 8, 2014

Newsweek: How civic science is changing environmentalism, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Oct. 26, 2014

Vice: The hunt for Brookly's hidden creeks, Ben Richmond, Aug. 29, 2014

New York Times: Forensic hydrology at the Gowanus Canal, Keith Williamsaug, Aug. 29, 2014

TechPresident: Public Lab builds environmental monitoring community, online and off, Sam Roudman, Aug. 19, 2014 New Orleans community groups, water board, get $338,000 in EPA water quality grants, Jul. 17, 2014

New Hampshire Public Radio: Tech, Environmentalism and Agriculture converge for iFarm, Michael Samuels, May 2014

(Queens) Times Ledger: Boaters battle Flushing Bay pollution, Alex Robinson, May 22, 2014

Forbes: Grassroots Water Monitoring and Open Data: a fruitful combination, Federico Guerrini, May 12, 2014

CBC Radio, Spark: Public Lab, Nora Young, May 18, 2014

Wired: Public Lab Infragram featured in the Apr. 2014 print version of Wired

PLOS: The RIFFLE effect: Public Lab's new pilot water monitoring sensor tool, Lily Bui, Feb. 7, 2014

Fast Company: How the BP oil spill launched a movement to investigate pollution with DIY tools, Sydney Brownstone, Feb. 6, 2014

SciStarter: Homebrew Sensing Project: DIY Environmental Monitoring, Ashley Rose Kelly, Feb. 5, 2014

Fast Company: 7 Brilliant Ideas to Make Health More Useful, Jan. 15, 2014

Government Technology: Knight Foundation awards $2.2 Million for Healthcare Tech Projects, Jan. 14, 2014


Ars Technica: The Kite Man Cometh: Ars does DIY open-source aerial surveillance, Dec. 18, 2013

Discover Magazine: 100 Top Science Stories of 2013: #76 Science for the People, by the People, Dec. 16, 2013

Exposing the Invisible (film): From my point of view, Dec. 2013

Citizens of Science (podcast): What does open science mean to you?, Nov. 2013

Raspberry Pi blog: What's that blue thing doing here?, Oct. 29, 2013

Popular Science Online: How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector, Sarah Jacoby, Oct. 16, 2013

Popular Science: Veggie Vision: Hack a Digital Camera into a Photosynthesis Detector, Sarah Jacoby, Sept. 2013 print edition.

MakeZine: Explore Grassroots Science at Maker Faire New York, Matt Richardson, Sept. 15, 2013

MedCity News: Want a DIY spectrometer? Visit the Public Lab's open source scientists at NYC Maker Faire, Veronica Combs, Sept. 17, 2013

Directions Magazine: Open Data and the Next Evolution in Citizen Science, Melissa Jun Rowley, Sept. 12, 2013

Fast Company: Teenager's are mapping Brazil's Slumn... with Kites, Neal Ungerleider, Sept. 11, 2013 Note: Although not attributed to Public Lab, this project is a direct reference to a program that UNICEF and Public Lab partnered on in 2011.

BBC: Tomorrow's Cities: Rio de Janiero's Bid to Become a Smart City, Jane Wakefield, Sept. 8, 2013. Note: Although not attributed to Public Lab, this project is a direct reference to a program that UNICEF and Public Lab partnered on in 2011.

Wicked Local: A View from Above, Frank Mand, Sept. 4, 2013

HackYourPhD: Public Lab: Civic Science and Collaborative Research in Action!, Aug. 26, 2013

New Yorker: By the Numbers, Ian Frazier, Aug. 26, 2013 (published earlier)

Open Data and the Next Evolution in Citizen Science , Melissa Jun Rowley, Aug. 19, 2013

MIT Technology Review: Balloons Put a Social Spin on Aerial Surveillance, Aviva Hope Rutkin, Jul. 31, 2013. Also German language reprints here and here.

Los Angeles Times: 10 Notable Tech Projects Getting a Boost from Kickstarter, Jessica Naziri, Jul. 29, 2013.

Chemical Heritage Foundation: Episode 178: In the Air, Eileen Flemming, Jul. 23, 2013.

Popular Science: Balloon Mapping featured in the Popular Science "Big Book of Hacks", Jul. 21, 2013

WBUR: Residents Challenge Pilgrim's Permit for New Nuclear Waste Site, Jul. 10, 2013

All press for the Kickstarter Infragram: Infrared Photography Project

Popular Mechainics: An Infrared Camera for the DIY Gardner, Adam Hadhazy, Jun. 17, 2013

Inhabitat: Infagram's Photosynthesis Camera Tells You if Your Plants are Growing Well or Under Stress, Jon Dioffa, May 28, 2013

Mashable: This Inexpensive Camera Measures Your Plants' Health, Vignesh Ramachandran, May 29, 2013

New Scientist: Cheap infrared camera lets you be an environmental spy, Paul Marks, May 28, 2013

Knight Foundation blog: Knight to help grantees kickstart a passionate community of supporters, Chris Sopher, May 28, 2013

TechCrunch: Public Lab’s Crowdfunded Infragram Cameras Let People See Plants In A Different Light, Chris Zelazco, May 27, 2013

Modern Farmer: Kickstarting the Modern Farm, Tom Wolf, May 22, 2013

Trajectory Friday's Food for Thought: DIY aerial mapping, Lindsay Tilton, May 3, 2013

Atlantic Cities: DIY Mapping Goes Mainstream, Emily Badger, May 1, 2013

NextCity: DIY Science for Civic Good, Nancy Scola, Apr. 16, 2013

Storify: What is Critical Citizen Science? A Dialogue: Part 1, dan mcquillan, Mar. 27, 2013

Wired UK: How to Make Balloon Maps, Madhumita Venkataramanan, Mar. 22, 2013 Analyze This: Design Contest Seeks Your Cheap, Open Source Spectrometers - Nathan Hurst, Mar. 7, 2013

Teach STEM Now: Turn a School Laptop into an Inexpensive Spectrometer - Al Chirinian, Jan. 5, 2013 A DIY kite to determine if your water is contaminated - Emily Badger, Jan. 8, 2013 * Also linked to in Massachusetts' Biggest Kickstarter Campaigns, Alli Knothe, Jan. 8, 2013

Kickstarter: Best of Kickstarter 2012 - Kickstarter, Jan. 8, 2013


Popular Mechanics: 9 Disaster-Relief Inventions - Laura Kiniry, Dec. 31, 2012

Popular Mechanics: Seeing the Light - Adam Hadhazy, Jan. 2013 print edition

Chemical and Engineering News: Do-it-Yourself Spectrometer, Lab in the City - Deirdre Lockwood, Nov. 19, 2012

Homeland Security Today Crowdsourcing Volunteers Contribute To FEMA's Sandy Response - Dan Verton, Nov. 09, 2012

MAKE: Raspberry Pi in the Sky! - Kevin Osborn, Nov. 8, 2012

FEMA: FEMA thanking those who adapted MapMill for Hurricane Sandy Oct. 7, 2012

Slashdot: All Over but the Funding: open hardware spectrometer kit - MyBlueVan, Sept. 22, 2012

The Wall Street Journal: The Apple/Google Map Wars: what comes next? - Tom Gara, Sept. 20, 2012

Kickstarter blog: Case Study: Grassroots Mapping - Diana Kimball, Sept. 13, 2012

The Powerbase: The State of Open Source Spectrometry - Tom Nardi, Sept. 5, 2012

Sunlight Foundation blog: Filming OpenGov Champions: Liz Barry - Tiina Knuutila, Sept. 5, 2012

Dickinson et. al., 2012. The Current State of Citizen Science as a Tool for Ecological Research and Public Engagement. In Ecological Society of America,

New York Times: Seeking Brooklyn's Lost Mass Grave - Justin Burke, Aug. 25, 2012

Atlantic Cities: The Future of Aerial Mapmaking: Cheap helium balloons - Emily Badger, Aug. 30, 2012

Kickstarter Blog: Citizen Science and the Spectrometer: A Love Story - Cassie Marketos, Aug. 30, 2012

New York Times: For local residents, a mission to clean up the Gowanus Canal - Peter Moskowitz, Jul. 16, 2012

MarthaHenson: blog: Notes from #SXSWi: Public Lab: Mapping, DIY Activism & Civic Science #PublicLab - Martha Henson, May 21, 2012

CassandraDaily: All Mapped Up - May 18, 2012

LifeHacker: How to balloon map your neighborhood Google Maps style - Thorin Klosowski, May 17, 2012 Geek projects: Adventures in balloon mapping - Sal Cangeloso, May 17, 2012

The Verge: Occupy maps the skies over May Day protests with DIY balloon cameras- Joshua Kopstein, May 2, 2012

Google Earth Sightseer: New Balloon and Kite Imagery - featured blog for Apr. 2012 edition

Engadget: Google Earth adds balloon and kite imagery, invites you to contribute- Donald, Melanson, Apr. 17, 2012

Clubic: Google Earth devient participatif, cerfs-volants et ballons ? l'h?lium requis- Audrey Oeillet, Apr. 17, 2012

Gizmodo: Balloon and kite cameras give gorgeous Google Earth- Molly Oswaks, Apr. 17, 2012

Google Lat Long Blog: Balloon and kite imagery in Google Earth- Christiaan Adams, Apr. 17, 2012

Knight Foundation Blog: Knight News Challenge winners discuss successes, road bumps and challenges - Elizabeth Miller, Apr. 17, 2012

Google Maps Mania: Mapping with Drones - Keith Clarke, Mar. 21, 2012

UNICEF: In Brazil, adolescents use UNICEF's new digital mapping technology to reduce disaster risks in the favelas - Caparelli, et al., Mar. 19, 2012

MAKE zine blog: Alt.SXSW: DIY Balloon and Kite Mapping - Adam Flaherty, Mar. 16, 2012

FSG Global Health Blog: Responding To Health Challenges Through Grassroots Mapping - Carina Wendel, Mar. 7, 2012

Le Monde Science and Techno Section: Les Sciences Citoyennes: Les profanes jouent avec les experts- Mar. 3, 2012

New Scientist: Thermal Flashlight 'Paints' Cold Rooms with Colour - Mar. 2, 2012

NPR On the Media Drones: Coming to a Sky Near You?- Jan. 13, 2012


Boston Globe: Knight Foundation Merging Media, Minds and Money- D.C. Denison, Nov. 2011

The Mobile City (also appeared on Data Driven Journalism): How Kite Photography Can Empower Local Communities- Martin de Waal, Oct. 2011

Creative Applications Network: Mediated Landscapes 03: DIY Cartography (Theory)- Greg J. Smith, Aug. 2011

Tech President: How DIY Science is Solving Ecological Mysteries in New York City- Nick Judd, Aug. 25, 2011

BBC Click: How to Create Your Own Aerial Map- Aug. 19, 2011

BBC Radio: Laura Sheeter Talks About Aerial Photos: Did you know you could now take your own aerial pictures? Join Laura on an aerial view of New Orleans- Laura Sheeter, Aug. 3, 2011

Harvard Nieman Journalism Lab: The MacGyver method: With News Challenge funding, The Public Lab is building up its civic media toolkit- Megan Garber, Jul. 2011

Grist: In the future, cleaning robots will sniff out air pollution- Jess Zimmerman, Jul. 18, 2011

Technology Review: Robot lights up at pollution- Kristina Grifantini, Jul. 17, 2011

PBS MediaShift IdeaLab: MIT Produces a String of Civic Media Success Stories - Chris Csikszentmih?lyi, Mar. 14, 2011

Good Magazine: Grassroots Mapping: How You Can Create Aerial Cartography for Under $100, and Use It to Do Good - Ben Jervey, Mar. 7, 2011

LifeHacker: Weekend Project: DIY Balloon Aerial Photography on the Cheap - Adam Pash, Feb. 17, 2011

Wilamette Week: Local Designer To Build Balloons To Help Document Gulf Oil Spill - Ron Knox, Jun. 25, 2010

SolveClimate News: $100 Aerial Mapping Technique Finding Multiple Uses, Grassroots Interest with slideshow - Lisa Song, Feb. 15, 2011

Brooklyn Eagle: D.I.Y Mapping of the Gowanus? - Mike Weiss, Jan. 27, 2011

OnEarth Magazine: Mapping the Grassroots - Alan Burdick, Jan. 27, 2011


CBS News

ABC News

Boston Globe - D.C. Denison, Sept. 05, 2010

Associated Press - Barbara Ortutay, Sept. 19, 2010 - (Australia) - Sept. 16, 2010

TreeHugger, Aug. 25, 2010

Guilty Planet - "Balloon on the Bayou: Grassroots Mapping in Bay Baptiste" - Jennifer L. Jacquet, Jul. 13, 2010 – Jun. 18, 2010

Engadget: MIT-based Grassroots Mapping mapping the oil spill with digital camera, kites - Laura June, Jun. 17, 2010

The Takeaway - Noel King, Jun. 15, 2010

Inhabitat: DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size - Britt Liggett, Jun. 2010

NYTimes bits blog: Taking On the Gulf Oil Spill With Kites and Cameras, Jun. 9, 2010

WGBH Boston - Jun. 7, 2010

WBUR Boston - Andrew Phelps, May 27, 2010 - Marcia Stepanek, Jun. 5, 2010

Daily Kos - Crashing Vor, May 27, 2010

Earth2tech - Katie Fehrenbacher, Jun. 5, 2010

MIT News Office - David Chandler, May 17, 2010

PBS IdeaLab blog - Andrew Whitacre, May 19, 2010

CNN - John Sutter, May 6, 2010

Mashable - Geoff Livingston, May 15, 2010

TechPresident - Nancy Scola, May 27, 2010

PopTech - Sloane Berrent, Jun. 1, 2010

AOL Autos - Kevin Ransom, Jun. 3, 2010

WorldChanging - WorldChanging Team, May 25, 2010


Global Open Science Hardware Roadmap: Making open science hardware ubiquitous by 2025. Murillo, L. F., Molloy, J., Dosemagen, S. (stewarding authors) with the GOSH community.

Gathering for Open Science Hardware 2016. Dosemagen, S., Liboiron, M., Molloy, J. In the Journal of Open Hardware. E-ISSN: 2514-1708.

Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A Vision for Citizen Science at EPA . Co-edited by Dosemagen, S. and Parker, A. A report for the EPA from the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.

Mapping Grassroots: Geodata and the structure of community-led open environmental science. Breen, J., Dosemagen, S., Warren, J., Lippincott, M. In ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, vol. 14(3).

Less is More: The role of small data for governance in the 21st century. D'Ignazio, C., Warren, J., Blair, D. In 'Digital Governance'. Eds. R. Pimenta and D. Canabarro. 2014. Access here:

Columbia University Tow Center for Journalism report, "Sensors and Journalism." Public Lab featured as one of the case studies and Public Lab Organizer, Lela Prashad contributed a chapter titled, "People within Pixels." PDF link:

Institutions for Civic Technoscience: How Critical Making is Transforming Environmental Research, Wylie, S., Jalbert, K., Dosemagen, S., Ratto, M. Paper for Special Forum Issue on Critical Making, The Information Society 30(2). Mar. 2014.

Enabling Cities v2: Enhancing creative community resilience: Intro to Citizen Science and Mapping section, "Democratizing Environmental Research", Nov. 2013

"Civic, Citizen and Grassroots Science: Towards a transformative scientific research model". Dosemagen, S., M. Lippincott, L. Barry, D. Blair, J. Breen. 2013. Eds. Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner. Accountability Technologies - Tools for Asking Hard Questions. Vienna, New York: Springer.

"Grassroots Mapping: Creating a participatory map-making process centered on discourse" Journal of Aesthetics and Protest: Issue 8- Grassroots Modernism- Shannon Dosemagen, Jeff Warren, & Sara Wylie, Dec. 1, 2011

"From Grassroots Mapping to a Public Laboratory" Citizen Science Quarterly vol. 1 - Adam Griffith, Jeffrey Warren, & Sara Wylie, Mar. 29, 2011

"Neogeographic approach to inexpensive oil spill mapping" Directions Magazine - Jeffrey Warren & Stewart Long, Sept. 1, 2010


"Public Lab defies wacky weather to host its barnraising" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen, Jessi Breen and Liz Barry, Oct. 23, 2013

"A summer of DIY: kite-making, aerial photography and spectrometry" UCL ExCiteS - Cindy Regalado, Oct. 23, 2013

"The Promise of Small Data" TechPresident - Jeff Warren, Jul. 17, 2013

"Public Laboratories: Designing and Developing tools for Do-It-Yourself Detection of Hazards" LIMN - Sara Wylie, Megan McLaughlin, Josh McIlvain, Jun. 2013

"Detritivore Design: How to use trash to create scalable solutions" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Mathew Lippincott, Apr. 30, 2013

"How Public Lab Turned Kickstarter Crowdfunders into a Community" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Jeff Warren and Becki Chall, Apr. 2, 2013

"How Public Lab Creates Memorable Field trips for Students" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Adam Griffith, Mar. 15, 2013

"Public Lab's 'Spectral Challenge' Promotes Open Source Spectrometry" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen and Chris Fastie, Apr. 7, 2013

"Balloon Mapping from the Ground Up: Public Lab's field techniques" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Stewart Long, Jan. 2, 2013

"EcoHack Highlights: Sewage, Pedal Power and Cotton Candy" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Liz Barry, Dec. 19, 2012

"Public Lab Taps into Community with Annual Barnraising in Louisiana" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen, Nov. 15, 2012

"Public Lab Uses Kickstarter to Bring DIY Spectrometry to the Masses" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Jeff Warren, Sept. 13, 2012

"High altitude Balloon mapping with Public Laboratory, Hak5 1202.1"Hak5 - Mathew Lippincott, Aug. 29, 2012

"Movement Based Arts Inspire Public Lab's DIY Environmental Science" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Liz Barry, Aug. 13, 2012

"How Public Lab Drafts the Public with its Open-Source Tool Development Process" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Sara Wylie, Jun, 20, 2012

"Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science" Anthropology News - Christine Walley, May 2012

"Public Lab's Keys to Developing Low-Cost Science Tools" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Mathew Lippincott and Adam Griffith, May 22, 2012

"How we got here: the road to Public Lab's map projects" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Stewart Long, May 3, 2012

"First aerial maps produced by citizens featured on Google Earth and Google Maps" Knight Foundation Blog - Shannon Dosemagen, Apr. 18, 2012

"Public Lab's Community Created Maps Land On Google Earth" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen, Apr. 19, 2012

"Water Hackathon Aims to Understand Brooklyn's Water Pollution" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Leif Percifield, Apr. 9, 2012

"The Faces Behind Public Lab's Grassroots Research Community" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen and Sara Wylie, Mar. 12, 2012

"Why Collaborative Development Works in a Proprietary World" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Jeff Warren, Feb. 15, 2012

"How Public Lab's Thermal Flashlight Could Improve Home Insulation" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Sara Wylie, Jan. 17, 2012

"Public Lab Produces Wetlands Maps from Balloon and Kite Flights" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog- Stewart Long, Jan. 4, 2012

"Public Laboratory: Don't Just Report Science, Do It!" PBS MediaShift - Shannon Dosemagen, Jeff Warren and Sara Wylie, Nov. 23, 2011

"Flying High:KITE MAPPING A CHEAP WAY TO CAPTURE IMAGES FROM ABOVE"Montana Standard Video - Mathew Lippincott and Olivia Everett, Nov. 20, 2011

"Public Lab's 'Barnraising' Focuses on DIY Infrared Camera Development" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog- Adam Griffith, Nov. 16, 2011

"Public Lab Aims for Affordable Hydrogen Sulfide Sensors" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog- Sara Wylie and Shannon Dosemagen, Oct. 25, 2011

"With Public Lab, a Camera Flies in Brooklyn to Monitor Pollution" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog- Liz Barry, Oct. 3, 2011

"Taking Steps Toward DIY Spectrometry, So Citizens Can Test for Pollutants" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Jeff Warren, Sept. 8, 2011

"Public Lab Helps Communities Do 'Civic Science' Investigations" PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog - Shannon Dosemagen, Aug. 17, 2011

"Reimagining the Data Lifecycle" Grassroots Mapping Forum #1 - Jeff Warren and Shannon Dosemagen, Summer 2011

"Seed Grant Voices: Grassroots Mapping Kit" MIT Legatum Center - Jeff Warren, May 27, 2010

"DIY Mappers offer remarkable images of Gulf Coast oil spill" PBS IdeaLab blog - Jeff Warren, May 12, 2010 - Jeff Warren, Jun. 3, 2010



Free Software Foundation's 2017 award for Projects of Social Benefit


Sustainia100 Solution


Social Venture Network Innovation Award Winner

Knight Foundation Knight News Challenge: Health

The Public Lab Foldable Mini-Spectrometer is nominated as one of the Design Museum's Designs of the Year.


Buckminster Fuller Challenge Honorable Mention

NBC Universal and The Feast RevUp 2050 Challenge Finalist

Netexplo 100 2013 for the Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit


Public Lab's Grassroots Mapping project listed in Kickstarter's Best of 2012


Prix Ars Electronica Runner-Up in Digital Communities

Knight Foundation Knight News Challenge

Presentations & Events

May 30, 2014 - New York, NY - Shannon Dosemagen, on Columbia University Tow Center for journalism panel, "Robot Reporters: What new journalistic data gathering tools, such as drones and sensors, are on the horizon?"

May 1, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Shannon Dosemagen, Community/Campus Partnerships for Health annual conference. Participation on a panel titled, "New Frontiers for Partnerships Across Citizen Science and Community-Based Participatory Research"

Mar. 14, 2014 - New Orleans, LA - Shannon Dosemagen, Building Resilience Workshop IV. Participation on panel, "Building Creative Capital: Blending Innovative Strategies with Risk Reduction Efforts"

Feb. 26, 2014 - New Orleans, LA - Shannon Dosemagen. Tulane University Environmental Science Department talk on Public Lab.

Feb. 20-22, 2014 - London, UK - Shannon Dosemagen. Various session participation at the Citizen Science Summit including badging and online communities, environmental justice and community monitoring, and open access journals and practitioners and citizen science.

Nov. 29, 2013 - Madrid, Spain - Shannon Dosemagen. Citizen Science Hackfest at MediaLab Prado. Talk on open science and volunteer sensing.

Nov. 19, 2013 - Nashville, KY - Jeff Warren. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry annual conference. "Open-source collaboration and a "big data" approach to household spectrometry" in session titled Innovative Environment: New Tools for Addressing Issues in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Nov. 4-8, 2013 - Kigali, Rwanda - Public Lab Organizer, Don Blair, presenting the Infragram project at ICT4Ag.

Oct. 30, 2013 - Washington, DC - Shannon Dosemagen. Tools and Technologies for Environmental Health at the Health and Environmental Funders Network conference.

Sept. 22, 2013 - New York, NY - Eymund Diegel, Jen Hudon, Gena Wirth, Liz Barry, Shannon Dosemagen. World Maker Faire Main stage.

Sept. 2-5, 2013 - London, UK - Shannon Dosemagen and Mathew Lippincott. Aerial mapping and spectrometry workshops with Citizens Without Borders and University College London Extreme Citizen Science group.

Aug. 27, 2013 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Shannon Dosemagen. Hacks/Hackers BA

Aug. 11, 2013 - New York City - Will Ward. Maker Talks at The Makery Pop-up Maker Space

Jul. 12, 2013 - Paris, France - Shannon Dosemagen. NightScience

Jun. 29, 2013 - Kansas City - Shannon Dosemagen. MakerFaire KC

Jun. 9, 2013 San Fransico - Liz Barry. State of the Map US

Jun. 1, 2013 New York City - Liz Barry. Columbia Journalism School Tow Center Sensor Journalism Conference

May 18, 2013 - Davis, California - Stewart Long Tedx

May 14, 2013 - New York - Eymund Diegel and Sean McGinnis. GEO NYC: "Mapping in the Field: On site and in person"

May 4-5, 2013 - Jessi Breen, Shannon Dosemagen, Liz Barry. Transparency Camp: 1 - Open hardware: sensors, privacy and civic data; 2 - What citizen science can teach open government.

Apr. 6, 2013 - New York - Liz Barry. iLAND Symposium: Embodied research.

Apr. 4, 2013 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. NY Tech Incubator Citizen Science Panel: How is data visualization and citizen science driving new technologies and improving life on Earth? With CartoDB and Foursquare

Mar. 29, 2013 - Jersey City, NJ - Shannon Dosemagen. Advance Publications. Grassroots Science and Civic Media Collaborations

Feb. 28, 2013 - Washington, D.C. - Liz Barry. FedGeo Day: Visions for improving federal geodata, AKA, "gov can dish it, but can they take it?"

Nov. 16, 2012 - Baltimore, MD - Liz Barry. University of Baltimore, Maryland Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education Seminar Series

Nov. 11, 2012 - London, UK - Shannon Dosemagen. Science Online London: Public Participation in Research.

Nov. 9, 2012 New York, NY - Liz Barry. EcoHackIII aerial microbes

Oct. 19, 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark- Sara Wylie and Shannon Dosemagen, Society for the Social Study of Science, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science: Open-source development of tools for grassroots science

Oct. 16, 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark-Sara Wylie Digital STS Workshop

Oct. 13, 2012 - Portland, Oregon - Mathew Lippincott and Liz Barry. State Of The Map US

Sept. 28, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry and Shannon Dosemagen. Open Hardware Summit "Supporting Community Advocacy"

Sept. 22, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. Informal Waste Sector Conference, Communities: Big Data and Mobile Governance Panel. "Big Participation: Public Laboratory and OpenStreetMap"

Sept. 20, 2012 - Lexington, KY- Shannon Dosemagen, Department of Geography.

Sept. 1, 2012 - Linz, Austria- Jeff Warren. ARS Electronica Festival 2012. The Big Picture: Concepts for a New World

Aug. 5, 2012 - Portland, OR- Shannon Dosemagen and Mathew Lippincott. Public Participation in Scientific Research conference poster

Jul. 3, 2012 - Cape Town, South Africa- Shannon Dosemagen. Understanding Risk Forum: Mapping Global Risk: Applications of crowdsourcing for development and disaster response

Jun. 27, 2012 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Jeffrey Warren. "Citizen Science: for whom?" Citizen Science on the Move (conference), Waag Society/University of Utrecht.

Jun. 28, 2012 - Troy, NY- Shannon Dosemagen, Mathew Lippincott, Sara Wylie. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Triple Helix, Technoscience as Activism conference: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Jun. 27, 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Jeff Warren. Waag Society: Citizen Science Presentation

Jun. 19, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science Conference. "Civic Science: An Open Research Model"

Jun. 13, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. Urban Design Faculty Seminar at Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture Planning and Preservation.

May 19, 2012 - Houston, TX - Shannon Dosemagen. Environmental Justice Encuentro: Community Generated Air Column Monitoring

May 11, 2012 - Providence, RI - Sara Wylie. Society for Cultural Anthropology: Practicing Cultural Critique of Science: How helium balloons and digital cameras can rival satellites

**May 3, 2012 - Vienna, Austria - Adam Griffith (and Shannon Dosemagen and Jeff Warren) European Geosciences Union Meeting - "Complete Data Lifecycles and Citizen Science Integration via The Public Laboratory

Apr. 20, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry and Shannon Dosemagen. EcoHack II: Air Column Monitor

Apr. 2, 2012 - San Francisco, California - Mathew Lippincott, Stewart Long. Where 2.0, O'reilly Media: "Grassroots Mapping Flight Demo"

Mar. 24, 2012 - Boston, MA - Liz Barry. Harvard Landscape Infrastructure Symposium: Citizen Cartographies.

Mar. 11, 2012 - Austin, Texas - Shannon Dosemagen, Mathew Lippincott, Jen Hudon, Greg Foster, SXSW Interactive- Public Laboratory panel

Mar. 9, 2012 - Houston, Texas - Shannon Dosemagen and Mathew Lippincott, Tx/Rx Labs- "Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Sceince"

Mar. 9 - Apr. 19, 2012 - San Francisco, California - SOMArts - "I Am Crime, Art on the Edge of Law",

Feb. 17, 2012 - London, United Kingdom - Shannon Dosemagen and Sara Wylie, 2nd Annual Citizen Cyberscience Summit- Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science: Open-source development of tools for grassroots science

Jan. 15, 2012 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. Energy! A New School Moment Panel. "Spectroscopy and the Thingness of Energy"

Dec. 13, 2011 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Liz Barry, Eye on Earth Summit. Civic Science vs. Crowdsourcing". Presenters at Innovation Forum- Liz Barry and Shannon Dosemagen

Nov. 16, 2011 - Montreal, Quebec - Shannon Dosemagen and Jeffrey Warren, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: Panel: Prototype Paper: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science: Open-Source Development of Tools for Grassroots Science

Nov. 4, 2011 - Cleveland, Ohio - Shannon Dosemagen, Society for Social Studies of Science: Panel: STS in Practice: Science, Engineering and STS as Partners in Social Justice and Sustainability. Paper: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science: Environmental Justice, Citizen Science, and Participatory STS in Monitoring of Disaster Landscapes.

Oct. 26, 2011 - Mexico City - Adam Griffith, TelMexHub

Oct. 13, 2011 - New York, NY - Liz Barry. Mobility Shifts @ The New School "DIY-U Civic Science: tools for learning, tools for research"

Sept. 16, 2011 - Denver, Colorado - Stewart Long, Shannon Dosemagen FOSS4G 2011: "Beyond vectors: Adapting remote sensing research for environmental monitoring with open source hardware and software: Citizen mapping the BP oil spill with balloons and kites "

Sept. 15, 2011 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - "Creating cheap open source aerial imagery and data for community efforts to cleanup a polluted neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, USA" (slides)- Eymund Diegel, PICNIC 2011

Sept. 15, 2011 - Denver, Colorado - Jeff Warren, Adam Griffith, FOSS4G 2011: "Crowdsourcing Aerial Image Mapping with and"

Sept. 11, 2011 - Denver, Colorado - Shannon Dosemagen, Jeff Warren, State of the Map 2011 - "Developing an Ethics of Data Openness and Community Participation"

Sept. 8, 2011 - Boulder, Colorado - Jeff Warren, Mapping Democratization Conference, CU Boulder - "Situating activist mapping technology"

Sept. 3, 2011 - Mexico City - Adam Griffith and Stewart Long - Arquitectos Directores Responsables De Obra - "Mapping with the Public Lab"

Aug. 13, 2011 - Lima, Peru - Jeff Warren, Open Data conference

Aug. 6, 2011 - Puebla, Mexico - Adam Griffith, TelMexHub

Jun. 22, 2011 - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Shannon Dosemagen and Adam Griffith, talk and workshop at the MIT Knight conference

Jun. 6-7, 2011 - New York City - Personal Democracy Forum 2011, Jeff Warren and Liz Barry - "Open Source Aerial Imagery"

May 6-7, 2011 - Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Jeff Warren

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts - Liz Barry and Jeff Warren, talk & workshop, "Community-based approaches to high-resolution multispectral imaging with balloons" & "How to make your own aerial imagery for $100"

Apr. 7, 2011 - University of Georgia Athens, Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy, Shannon Dosemagen keynote and panelist on emergency preparedness and policy response

Mar. 25, 2011 - Trade School @ the Whitney Museum of American Art

Mar. 4, 2011 - BLUE on Tour- Auburn University, Alabama

Feb. 11, 2011 - Tech@State Open Source conference

Jan. 22, 2011 - California Map Society

Nov. 18, 2010 - Personal Democracy Forum Latin America

Nov. 12, 2010 - Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010 - Geologic Society of America, Denver Annual Meeting

Oct. 1-3, 2010 International Conference on Crisis Mapping

Aug. 12, 2010 - Ignite Spatial

Jun. 3-4, 2010 - Personal Democracy Forum

  • New York, NY - Jeff Warren

May 19, 2010 Crisis Mappers Network Webcast