Public Lab has developed a number of open source software platforms to assist in the collection, analysis, storage, sharing, and conversion of data from our open source tools. The data storage and sharing websites,, and provide long-term storage for locally produced data, and convert and present that data in open, standard formats which are easy to use for the press, "scientists", and other advocacy groups while providing community researchers with a forum to discuss, interpret, and compare their data. For example, activists mapping oil contamination from the BP oil spill and those mapping water pollution in the Gowanus Canal have thoroughly documented their work on the Public Lab platform, publishing research notes as well as embeddable web maps at They have also achieved widespread media attention for their work, as well as, in NYC , a place on the EPA community committee involved in the canal cleanup project. _For more detail, visit All codebases are available on Github as linked below; the main Public Lab Github account can be found at **** [![mapknitter.png](]( ###MapKnitter [MapKnitter]( is our oldest codebase, since 2014 has provided a free and open source means to place, rectify, and stitch aerial photographs together; in particular those collected using Public Lab's open hardware Balloon Mapping Kit. Users upload images one by one onto a base reference map, and align them in a web-based GIS system. Completed maps are exported into standard formats including TMS, GeoTiff and more. **** ![Spectral Workbench]( ###Spectral Workbench []( hosts an archive of open source spectra collected with Public Lab's open source spectrometer. The website enables collaboration to refine and improve sample collection and analysis techniques to identify a growing number of materials. We imagine eventually hosting a comprehensive open library which can help to investigate chemical spills, diagnose crop diseases, and identify contaminants in household products. **** ![Infragram]( [](, our newest open source codebase, provides real-time multispectral image compositing for crop and vegetation analysis, as well as hosting of resulting open source images for the Public Lab collaborative research community. Users can upload images for analysis or even directly connect modified multispectral cameras and composite live video. **** ![]( The online research sharing platform we’ve created at []( provides a powerful -- and free -- means for local groups to publish and promote their work, and supports their advocacy by helping to organize events, coordinate data collection, storage, publication, and outreach. **High priority issues:** ...

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aliciapaz "And about the prompt, could be something like: just brainstorming here :P " | Read more » over 2 years ago
aliciapaz "I think this is a good idea! Also, if there is a dropdown list with the power tag options, this little window that appears when hovering over could..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
Manasa2850 "One of the things we can do is have a popup on hovering over the power tag prompt which can tell new users what power tags are. I'll come up with s..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
Manasa2850 "Thanks a lot for the detailed feedback @warren!! :smiley: I hadn't really observed the NodeTag model in detail. Yes, we can make use of that to d..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
aliciapaz "Thanks for your observations and feedback! This my first project of this sort (like planning what I am going to code in the next X weeks, being X ..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Ah - i see your new draft here! Thank you! " | Read more » over 2 years ago
mathildaudufo "Presently the topic/tag blends with the rest of the body and the only thing that makes it stand out is the font size. Using an underline on the top..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
mathildaudufo "@warren Yes the author page was where I imagined the drafts tab. A..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Hi @lukoyedith - I really appreciate the detailed work you've done to imagine this feature. It has a lot of potential power. But i do want to echo ..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Also, since this bug has been fixed before and then re-opened, improving the tests related to this feature will help to reinforce the fix and quick..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "I like your idea of "users can be prompted to mention the 'type' of the content before publishing it." -- and the screenshot you provided. It could..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "We need to introduce two new fields in the Tag database table - user id of the user who is adding it and the id of the content to which it is being..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Just noting a few more things here -- There is no field in the Tag database table which keeps track of the user who has added that tag to some par..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "And likewise for other tasks, what are some of the steps you'd take to begin work on them, like the tooltips or the username autocompletion? Do you..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Hi @tanish are you applying for GSoC or Outreachy? Thank you for your proposal! I'm interested to hear more of your thought process in approaching..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "changing the url to Here, i like the idea. I worry that the topic title itself doesn't look clickable a..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "I love the careful design tweaks and refinements you're proposing for the dashboard! I do think we should get input or approval for some of them, b..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Hi! Love this proposal and I appreciate how you've thought through different solutions. The drafts tab is super interesting. I guess it would sh..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Hello @mathildaudufo and thank you so much for your proposal! I'm excited to go through it tomorrow morning and offer some feedback. Thanks! " | Read more » over 2 years ago
mathildaudufo "@warren @ruthnwaiganjo @cess Your reviews will be highly appreciated " | Read more » over 2 years ago
Manasa2850 "Thanks a lot @divyabaid16 :smiley: " | Read more » over 2 years ago
divyabaid16 "Hey, @Manasa2850 this is a really well-formatted proposal. It's great to see that you have created so many FTOs :tada: " | Read more » over 2 years ago
barun1024 "That clarifies things a lots. I understand the main issue is that we don't have an efficient database setup for geographic data. I came across Po..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
VTrone2 "Good content creation can always boost a blog page view especially when the contents are targeted on solving problems online. It’s not just about w..." | Read more » over 2 years ago