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OpenHour is an interactive seminar hosted by the Public Lab Community both online and in person. The topics of OpenHour vary from presentations on tools and methods, discussions on environmental issues, to approaches to data-based advocacy. OpenHour is a great way to meet people in the Public Lab Community. Bring your research, your ideas, and your questions; and join us for OpenHour.

  • OpenHour is held the first Monday of the month.
  • The time alternates between 8:00pm ET (odd months) and 1:00pm ET (even months).
  • See schedule below for times and topics.
  • The event is hosted on Zoom -- see weblink and call-in numbers in the event info below!
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OpenHour Schedule:

Upcoming OpenHours:

The next OpenHour will be Monday, February 4th at 1pm ET: Community Science Disaster Response Toolkit

On Feb 22-24 we will gather in Galveston to work on community-led preparation for environmental disasters: what to do in advance, how to respond as an event unfolds, and what to do to help advocate for cleanup, recovery and remediation in the weeks, months and years after. Whether you can make it to Galveston or not, if you care about these topics, this OpenHour is for You!

Over summer '18, we put together these principles for community-led crisis response. Now we're moving towards identifying tools and methods that can be used to gather data about environmental impact: what can your community prepare for? Are there things you should have in your disaster kit now? What kinds of events can we anticipate? For those with previous experiences, what would you make sure do (or do differently) in the future? Here are some question prompts:

  • What are best practices in terms of health and safety in flood and storm events (particularly relating exposure to waterborne contaminants during and after)?
  • What kind of real-time data is meaningful to collect? What can wait? What are the most important data collection tools to have on hand (cameras, sensors, chemical tests, etc).
  • In terms of remediation/recovery, how do you identify areas for further attention/research?
  • If you plan to pursue legal / regulatory enforcement with your findings, are there specific guidelines to be aware of when it comes to documentation, chain of custody, data storage, etc?

Join this OpenHour to help shape our combined approaches!

Join Zoom Call
Or use this phone number to dial in, then enter the Meeting ID: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York), Meeting ID: 241 891 398

Past OpenHours

Click here for the OpenHour archive and watch any of the OpenHours listed below

2018 OpenHours

  • December 3rd: Usability Feedback for
  • November 5th: Technology and process in working with Environmental Justice and environmental health impacted communities
  • October 1st: Google Code-In
  • September 10th: Using the new Community Microscope
  • August 6th: Summer of Code Projects
  • July 9th: Code of Conduct 3 year review
  • June : (summer break, no OpenHour)
  • May 7th: Events
  • April 1st: Marine Plastics
  • February 5th: Developing Community Kits with Public Lab
  • January 8th: Exploratory hydrogen sulfide monitoring methods

2017 OpenHours

  • December 4th: Data Loggers for Environmental Monitoring
  • November 13th: Barnraising sessions continued
  • October 2nd: Collaborations in disaster response between online and on the ground groups
  • September 11th: Summer of Code 2017
  • August 7th: Problem Identification
  • July 10th: Aerial Mapping
  • June 5th: Facilitation Techniques and Resources
  • May 1st: Art in Environmental Science Advocacy
  • April 3rd: Fundraising for Projects
  • March 6th: Water Water Everywhere! A discussion of monitoring strategies and tools
  • February 6th: New Year, New Challenges: the shifting landscape of advocacy
  • January 9th: Classifying Waste

2016 OpenHours

  • December 5th: Environmental monitoring methods recognized by enforcement bodies
  • November 7th: New contributors to open source code
  • October 3rd: Such Activities, Very Replication!
  • September 6th: Google Summer of Code Projects
  • August 1st: Public Comment on Environmental Issues
  • July 7th: Learning about the Barnraising in Val Verde!
  • June 6th: Exploring Proof
  • May 2nd: Public Lab's research culture
  • April 4th: Open Access to Environmental Data
  • March 7th: Soil and Soil Testing
  • February 1st: Landfills: Mapping and Monitoring!
  • January 28th: Live Call on QGIS

2015 OpenHours

  • December 7th: The Oil Testing Kit!
  • November 2nd: Gearing up for the Barnraising
  • October 20th, Live Call: Calibration and Characterization of DIY ​Instrumentation
  • October 5th: Formaldehyde and the Plant Remediation Experiment
  • September 9th: "Transparency in Environmental Policy and Science."
  • August 3rd, Mapping in the Middle of it!
  • July 6th: Open Air Projects
  • June 1st: Public Lab Web Development behind the code
  • May 4th: Public Lab's 5 year anniversary party!
  • Monday, April 6th: Learning
  • March 2nd: Engaging in "C" Science
  • February 2nd: Lending Libraries
  • January: Energy!

2014 OpenHours

  • December 1st:Public Lab: A year in review and what's coming next.
  • November 18th: the Water Hackathon in New Orleans
  • November 3rd: Gearing up for the Barnraising!
  • October 6th: Events and Event Hosting
  • September 1st: Open Topic Session
  • August 4th: Thermal Imaging
  • July 28th: Open Air: air pollutants and air quality monitoring tools
  • July 21st: Water Contaminants and Detection
  • July 14, 2014: Spectral Analysis
  • July 7, 2014: Near Infrared Photography
  • June 30th, 2014: Aerial Mapping

Want to connect outside OpenHour? Join an Open Call

Open Calls are a great way to connect with fellow Public Labbers on projects and ideas. They are designed to help you connect with fellow Public Labbers to brainstorm, share ideas and move forward on projects. These calls hosted every Tuesday at 3pm ET (2 central) and are Public Lab community. More information can be found here.


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