Spring ahead with this summary of Public Lab community news!
The Spectral Challenge launched. It is an exciting opportunity to either enter as a participant or support the event through a donation to the prize pool. - Challenge background: www.pbs.org/idealab/2013/03/public-labs-spectral-challenge-promotes-open-source-spectrometry063.html - Early coverage of the challenge from Wired: www.wired.com/design/2013/03/spectral-challenge
New mailing lists are being formed. Join them below: "plots-infrared" groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/plots-infrared "plots-dc-baltimore" groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/plots-baltimore-dc "plots-education" groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/plots-education
Countertop Spectrometers from the Spectrometry Kickstarter are shipping now; those going to the US/Canada are about half shipped and the remainder will ship next week. Even a foot of snow can't stop us: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreywarren/8539477535/
The Spectral Workbench API Macro sharing system had it's initial "alpha" release this week; read more: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/warren/3-8-2013/macro-system-spectral-workbench-api
Several new maps in the Public Lab map archive including a demonstration map with lots of background information, a kite map from Tel Aviv, and the very first Public Lab map from the Philippines.
Research note highlights:
Avoiding noise with your DIY spectrometer: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/cfastie/3-4-2013/noise
Map workshop in Belize! Community workshop with the fifth-grade class at the August Pine Ridge RC school led by Pat Coyle: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/patcoyle/3-3-2013/august-pine-ridge-rc-school-belize-mapping-session
Several Gulf Coast members began a elementary age mapping workshop: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/eustatic/3-7-2013/green-slice-shots-kite-lesson-mr-mortons-class-0
Kite design research: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/tier15/3-7-2013/francis-rogallo-flexikite
IR webcam conversion notes: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/donblair/3-5-2013/late-night-ircam-hack
Sensor web enablement: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/liz/3-9-2013/ogc-work-sensor-web-enablement