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The creator of and co-founder and Research Director for the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.

He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the board of alternative education program Parts and Crafts in Somerville MA, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media's WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on open source tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.

Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit


Fly a small camera on a very portable (squid-shaped) sled kite

by warren 3 days ago | 5 | 162 | 1

I set out to test out a setup pretty similar to the [Mini Kite Kit](https://store.publiclab.or...

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Document your hardware upgrades at Parts & Crafts Documentation Days - Oct 12 & 19

by warren 4 days ago | 1 | 160 | 2

With all the great progress on our new Activities system, folks are [start...

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Reduce interior reflections in your spectrometer with black ink

by warren 9 days ago | 4 | 203 | 3

After building the [stability upgrade][1] to the [Desktop Spectrometry Starter Kit][2], I need...

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Building the @stoft stability upgrade for Desktop Spectrometry Starter Kit 3.0

by warren 12 days ago | 1 | 214 | 2


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See the Fraunhofer absorption lines in sunlight

by warren 13 days ago | 0 | 254 | 1

_This is a draft -- still in progress, based on [this note](

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What makes a good activity?

by warren 14 days ago | 9 | 327 | 3

In our continuing shift towards using the new Q&A feature and the new Activity grids as a framewo...

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The many types of evidence

by warren 23 days ago | 16 | 293 | 1

As a followup to our [introductory post](

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Calibrate your spectrometer in Spectral Workbench

by warren about 1 month ago | 1 | 603 | 4

In Public Lab's [spectrometry project][1], we've long used compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as...

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Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2016!

by warren about 1 month ago | 2 | 394 | 6

We've had some tremendous work on Public Lab software this past summer through our Google-support...

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Introducing the Environmental Evidence Project, a blog series from Public Lab

by warren about 1 month ago | 5 | 1,228 | 5

Hello everyone -- Jeff Warren and Gretchen Gehrke here, Public Lab's Research Director and Data Q...

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Rich Editor project: Calling for alpha testers!

by warren about 1 month ago | 5 | 353 | 1

Hello all -- it's been some time since the [original call for input][1] on the new #rich-editor p...

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Last week in Google Summer of Code

by warren 2 months ago | 0 | 276 | 1

Getting into the final stretch of Google Summer of Code (#gsoc) -- less than a month remains for ...

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Last week in Google Summer of Code

by warren 2 months ago | 1 | 223 | 0

Hi, all -- a smaller update after [last week's][1] (which included three weeks worth of changes!)...

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The last three weeks in Google Summer of Code

by warren 3 months ago | 0 | 220 | 0

Hello everyone! We haven't had a Web Working Group (#wwg) or #GSoC update for a little while, as ...

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Last week in Google Summer of Code

by warren 3 months ago | 0 | 381 | 1

I'm away this week, but will still be trying to do the usual twice-weekly merge from [PublicLab.o...

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Last week in Google Summer of Code

by warren 4 months ago | 0 | 414 | 1

Update: This whole post was written, from start to finish, in the prototype #rich-editor! ...

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This week in Google Summer of Code

by warren 4 months ago | 0 | 410 | 0

This week a lot's gotten done by our Google Summer of Code students. I'll jump righ...

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Recent updates on, Google Summer of Code

by warren 4 months ago | 2 | 739 | 1

Hi, all - I wanted to summarize some of the recent activity by code contributors, w...

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Survey for newcomers on interface design of new editor

by warren 5 months ago | 0 | 719 | 1

One thing we're working on for the new #rich-editor design process is seeking input and feedback ...

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Progress and thoughts on the new Rich Editor project, and a preview

by warren 5 months ago | 1 | 649 | 1

As you [may have heard][1], we're writing a new editor for -- in fact, I'm using an...

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Tweaks to foldable mini-spectrometer design

by warren 5 months ago | 0 | 970 | 2

A few months ago, I taught a papercraft class at Parts & Crafts, ...

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Excellent photographers handbook design by LIFE magazine

by warren 5 months ago | 2 | 646 | 0

I came across this excellent, pocket-size handbook from 1970 on photography, with nice black and ...

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Early design ideas for the Rich Editor project

by warren 5 months ago | 9 | 575 | 0

There've been LOTS of great ideas posted, both in response to my recent [ask for input on the new...

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Announcing a new dashboard for

by warren 5 months ago | 0 | 468 | 1

Hello, all -- you may have noticed in the past week that [the main dashboard for](/...

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Great introductory packaging

by warren 5 months ago | 2 | 1,306 | 2

I recently saw a Photon Particle, a kind of WiFi enabled Arduino that...

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Announcing a Public Lab booklet: DIY Oil Testing

by warren 5 months ago | 1 | 1,062 | 5

Hello all -- today we’re announcing a booklet @gretchen, @stevie, @liz and I put together in Dece...

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Prototype of easy-to-build rigid spectrometer housing

by warren 5 months ago | 19 | 1,150 | 2

Building on work by @viechdokter and @stoft, and related to their and @yagiz's work on interio...

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Call for input on upcoming Rich Editor and Rich Wiki projects for

by warren 6 months ago | 9 | 765 | 1

Hi, all - we're launching a new project for the website to completely revise the re...

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spectral-workbench released for Node.js

by warren 6 months ago | 0 | 664 | 1

I spent a little time over the past few days to do a test, and was able to get the JavaScript por...

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Google Summer of Code 2016: draft proposals

by warren 7 months ago | 0 | 1,651 | 1

Hello! If you're on some of the Public Lab discussion lists, especially the [dev list](...

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How can I reduce ambient light inside the Desktop Spectrometry Starter Kit?


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Does the new Question feature work?


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Question: How to rename a set?

AndrewJamesLaplante asked about 4 months ago

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