Odor Logging

Bad odor events usually signal the presence of hydrogen sulfide, methane, and other dangerous gases. Keeping track of them and investigating their origin is important for health and safety. This page collects **resources to keep track of bad odor events** for further investigating their origin and their potential effects on people. _"The most accessible and sophisticated environmental monitoring equipment is made available to most humans in the forms of noses, eyes, tongues, ears and skin."_ --[Sara Sage](https://publiclab.org/profile/sarasage) ###Odor Log 1.0 You can use the [Odor Log 1.0](https://publiclab.org/notes/imvec/02-18-2018/odor-log-1-0) to keep track of the events just using paper, pen and your nose. Use these steps as guidance: - [Download a printable log](https://gitlab.com/imvec/odor-log/raw/master/v1.0/odor_log_1.0.pdf) - Coordinate with some neighbours to simultaneously track the bad odor events in different points of your neighbourhood/town. - Decide the length of the monitoring. Take at least a 2 week long record if the events are on a daily basis. If events are for example, once a week, consider taking a longer log. - Note on the log every day even if there's no bad odor event. - Take a picture of every page of your log pages or scan them. - Then send the files with the results to your local authorities, perhaps with carbon copies to some newspapers and the EPA or the environmental authority in your state or country. Doing this, a record of your public complaint will be kept in several entities and mail servers. Using the Odor Log 1.0 you can go from an undefined _"there are lots of bad odor events in my area"_ to a documented _"we've counted xxxx number of bad odor events located in A, B, C, and D places"_... ###Online Odor Log 1.0 Based on the Odor Log 1.0 you can follow the same protocol (coordinate - decide - monitor) using the Online Odor Log v1.0 developed using the Free Open Source software Ushahidi for real time reporting, and share bad odor events in your area. Visit the map and explore collected data at [**odorlog.com**](https://odorlog.ushahidi.io) #### Adding a launcher to your phone You can also create an Android or iOS launcher for your mobile phone. Just visit the [**survey url**](https://odorlog.ushahidi.io/posts/create/6) and bookmark it using Chrome or Safari. Click on "add to home screen" or " create launcher". You'll get a new launcher on your phone so you'll be able to report an event in your area just with one click. ###Documents Documents and manuals about odor detection, identification and monitoring can be found on many sites on the web. Please feel free to add your findings. - [**Community assesment of environmental odors**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/ZO3QFy09v5Zff0K), by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. - [**Citizen Collected Evidence Information Packet**](http://nube.imaxinaria.org/index.php/s/Ar0VrUiSTZiXrZp), by the Bureau of Air Quality Control of the City of Houston. - [**Standardized odor measurement practices for air quality testing**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/E3VTyTw0whVNsnp), by Charles M. McGinley. - [**The smell report, an overview of facts and findings**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/DSDm9EtVITGsfdi), by Kate Fox, Director of the Social Issues Research Centre. - [**Odor pollution in the environment and the detection instrumentation**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/oIdAi4c31oGVSkI), by Arief Sabdo Yuwono. - [**Odor thresholds for hazardous air pollutants**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/e1FZd2ak3jYVpPf), by the Environmental Protection Agency - [**Overview of odor measurement techniques**](http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu/uploads/sowm/papers/p59-74.pdf), by M. Susan Brewer and Keith R. Cadwallader, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois. ###Questions [questions:odor] ###Activities [activities:odor] ###Research notes [notes:odor] ...

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liz "Here's a website that has a lot of different content types about disaster management, humanitarian aid and resilience building efforts in an Airtab..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
stevie "also check out the layers on this map! https://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/cimc/f?p=cimc:map:0:::71 " | Read more » over 4 years ago
stevie "hi there! if you're looking for another layer this one might be good if it would work. These are sites federally classified in the US as priority s..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
zengirl2 "Thanks for all of these great sources. Air quality issues are only growing, so it's nice to see this work. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
kkoerner "This may be a little specific to the Pittsburgh area, but the Create Lab at CMU has made a smell reporting app to track industrial odors from pollu..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
sagarpreet "Hi @liz...i am opening an issue regarding the same on github , so that @warren and i can discuss this . Thanks ! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
liz "WOW. Can we see questions that people have asked on publiclab.org located on the same map with these layers of environmental information? " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "@warren awards a barnstar to sagarpreet for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
sagarpreet "Thank you @xose , @warren ! Will surely do the changes . " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Oops, https://fontawesome.com " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "In addition to colors let's think about either different icons or labels since it everyone will see the color difference clearly. A good resource ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
xose "Hi @Sagarpreet! I've been thinking about the library. In the case of the Odor reports I'd include a link to the report to be able to check the info..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
bansal_sidharth2996 "@sagarpreet I loved it. Awesome work " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
xose "Awesome @sagarpreet! I'll take a close look and shoot you some feedback. Thaaanks!! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
gauravano "nice work @sagarpreet! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "This is awesome! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Cool! And it's possible to make ty ur own scratch and sniff stickers too... Interesting! https://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/make-your-own-scrat..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
liz ""Scratch-n-Sniff" stickers are already used to educate people about certain chemical smells that should be reported: http://www.promoprintinggroup...." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "I was thinking -- what if we had a collection of "training smells" -- made of harmless ingredients, as an aid to identify and categorize smells? I ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
arturunderwater "Y ya que estamos.....human or animal known diseases in the area? " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
arturunderwater "@imvec Can you also add a warning? some.....NBQ protection recommended for the area? " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "@warren ty for checking in with ushahidi. Let's see what they say. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "@imvec you have no idea how exciting this is! It's crazy to think that you just added something because I suggested it (the power of open-source :D..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Hi! I was kind of hoping ushahidi folks might be interested in adding such privacy features to their system by default, not as a customization. I e..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago