In the Public Lab community newsletter this week, read about air monitoring projects, thoughts on design and community engagement and browse through some of the interactive media pieces featuring Public Lab collaborators that have come out this week. Enjoy!
Hagit Keysar shares thoughts about community engagement and design in her note on where maps go, how they are used and how people are incorporated into the design process.
Parts & Crafts hosted a “Toolshed-raising” (i.e. Mini Barnraising) event today focused on water quality monitoring in Somerville. Read more here: http://publiclab.org/notes/Hudonnoodles/11-17-2013/public-lab-boston-area-toolshed-raising-parts-crafts and here: http://publiclab.org/wiki/boston-toolshed-raising-2014. Activities included oil pollution spectroscopy, cheap thermal mapping and more! Check back for updates and research notes soon.
New and ongoing projects
Read a proposal for using the DIY spectrometer in Louisiana to look at flares from refinery stacks.
Hot topics on the mailing lists
Scientific papers on wine, beer, and olive oil spectroscopy: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/plots-spectrometry/2lmg_WuNsZM
Discussion of coordinating Gowanus Canal PAH sampling with a formal lab: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/plots-spectrometry/HIxndo8mSFI
Public Lab in the media
Enabling Cities v.2 is now out and features a short intro to the citizen science section by Public Lab organizers.
“What does Open Science mean to you?” by the CITIZENS OF SCIENCE podcast, is out.
Research Note highlights
- Data logger (posted by JSummers)
- Pine Hill (posted by cfastie)
- Using ICA for spectral analysis (posted by nathanathan)
- Conductivity Meter (posted by JSummers)
- White balance for all (posted by cfastie)
If anything was missed, please make sure to post a research note or send a message to the list. Have a great week everyone! Shannon