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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imvec "Hi @zengirl2, @warren and @liz! So, people can report anonimously clicking the (+) button and no need of account. In relation to the exact position..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
liz "Great idea @Zengirl2 " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "@imvec Can you also add "animal waste" and "smoke" for type of smell. I'm thinking that would cover factory farms and also events like forest fires. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "Thanks @warren. I think since this project allows for printing out PDF form option, those who want true anonymity can choose to just skip the map, ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Awesome - down the road I wonder if we could connect w ushahidi to use the blurred location form we developed for public lab... https://publiclab...." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "@imvec I already have a nonprofit dealing with factory farm pollution that is interested in having me present your awesome tool. A few questions: I..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "Wow, I was wondering why a sensor would be needed and this info makes it clear. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
imvec "Thanks we hope it will be useful. We've just updated the survey url. The initial "date" was redundant as there are two dated input methods on the s..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
zengirl2 "Really great to see this and I think that people suffering from factory farm pollution will make good use of it. +1 for launcher to simplify one cl..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Very cool! @sarasage you're quoted: " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Wow, this is so cool! Great work! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
imvec "Check it out @Zengirl2, @sarasage, @warren " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Great work on this page, @imvec! @zengirl2 @sarasage- check this out! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi! I was curious if you're planning to post a map of reports from this app -- and if there are ways other communities could re-use this code to do..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
guolivar "Some colleagues from Australia have been working on AirRater (https://airrater.org/) and we're working towards adapting it for specific projects. I..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
zengirl2 "TY @xose and @warren. I'll see if I can hunt down some more. " | Read more » about 5 years ago
xose "Hi there! We are working with some folks from Emapic on an online solution for the data collected with the Odo log 1.0. There's also @sarasage's Od..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "@sarasage too! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Maybe @xose and others working on #odor-logging can chime in! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
Ag8n "You're welcome. Hope it helps. Good luck with your projects. " | Read more » about 5 years ago
xose "Thanks @Ag8n! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
Ag8n "One place to find these kind of devices is at pittcon. It is THE convention for analytical chemists. It takes place in Orlando, Fl on Feb 26- Mar..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "@sarasage posted this about odor logs and it has specific types of odors to look out for, like "rotten eggs" -- https://publiclab.org/notes/sarasa..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
sarasage "Thanks, Jeff! " | Read more » over 6 years ago