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Public Lab community newsletter 6.20.14

by Shannon | June 20, 2014 23:50 20 Jun 23:50 | #10599 | #10599

This week in the Public Lab community newsletter get ready for OpenHour beginning June 30th, check out several upcoming water/shoreline monitoring and mapping projects in the Northeast and read an update on Hydrogen Sulfide sensing in the Wyoming gas patch. Enjoy!


Announcing OpenHour OpenHour kick-off series starts Monday, June 30th at 8:00pm EST on Google Hangout. OpenHour is a weekly interactive seminar hosted by the Public Lab community every Monday at 8:00pm EST. Meet us there!

Topic Schedule: JUNE 30: Aerial mapping and new collaborative map developments Join us to learn about aerial photography and map stitching. Hear about new software developments and ways to use maps to tell stories through text, images, multimedia and annotations. See community case studies that apply these tools to projects, and help shape the future of mapmaking in your community. See you at OpenHour!

  • JULY 7: Infrared Imaging
  • JULY 14: Spectral Analysis
  • JULY 21: Open Water / Riffle / Potentiostat
  • JULY 28: Open Air / Particulate Sensing

The Citizen Science Workshop announced that they have released the MQI Environmental Recorder for Beta with 10% of proceeds going to support the Public Lab nonprofit. Thanks CSW!

Infragram Point and Shoot cameras are in production and will be shipping out in early to mid July. Read an update here:

Upcoming events

The Friends of Penobscot Bay are pleased to announce the renewal of their 'Stockton Harbor Sundays' field investigations! Beginning on June 22nd (through August 31st), please join every Sunday at the land end of the the Sears Island Causeway between noon and 3pm. More information here:

The North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island is partnering with Public Lab and NY/NJ Baykeeper for a morning of kite mapping along the north shore of Staten Island, via motorboat on June 27th at 9:30am. Upon last update there was one seat still available:

Join SCAPE landscape architecture and community volunteers to map the Conference House Park shoreline during the Raritan Bay Festival on June 28th, 12-5pm. Festival details can be found here or contact for further info.

New and ongoing projects

Read a project update from work during 2013-2014 in the Wyoming gas patch on developing and piloting low cost methods for Hydrogen Sulfide detection: Read additional notes on this project around tool development and photopaper processing.

Public Lab Organizer, Sara Wylie, and Public Lab board member, Eymund Diegel, participated in the first White House MakerFaire this past Wednesday. Read more here:

Notes from Ron Huber on his ongoing work in Penobscot Bay on testing a beach and clam flat for heavy metals and other contaminants and a note on creating a virtual Penobscot Bay.

Updates from three of the Google Summer of Code projects on a MapKnitter annotations plugin, an update on sky cam enhancements and a note on auto knitting.

Research Note highlights

If anything was missed, please post a research note or email the list. Have a great weekend everyone, Shannon

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