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<style> h1, .breadcrumb, .tabs, #attachments, #content .links.inline { display:none; } #slider a,#slider img,#slider div, { display:none; } </style> <div id="slider"> <img src="http://publiclaboratory.s3.amazonaws.com/cache/plots-header.png" alt="" /> <div> <a href="http://spectralchallenge.org"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8412794898_c566d000ff.jpg"/></a> <h3>Have an idea for the Challenge? <a href="http://spectralchallenge.org">Learn more &raquo;</a></h3> </div> <a href="http://store.publiclaboratory.org/products/balloon-mapping-kit" style="display:none;"> <div class="slider_text slider_text_bottom" style="top:220px;"> <h2>PLOTS Balloon Mapping Kit – get started for $95</h2> <p>You can always assemble your own, but for a quick start PLOTS now offers a retail kit. You supply camera &amp; helium. Read more &raquo;</p> </div> <img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/6843901472_1f424909fc.jpg" alt="Balloon Mapping Kit" /> </a> <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2012/4/18/first-aerial-maps-produced-citizens-featured-google-earth-and-google-maps/" style="display:none;"> <div class="slider_text slider_text_bottom"> <h2>PLOTS Archive maps republished on Google Maps/Earth</h2> <p>Maps produced by members of the Public Lab community were recently republished by Google &raquo;</p> </div> <img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7088587209_38df8090e6.jpg" alt="Gowanus map" /> </a> <a href="/tool/spectrometer" style="display:none;"> <div class="slider_text"> <h2>PLOTS Spectrometer kits</h2> <p>PLOTS offers $40 kits to build your own optical spectrometer. Measure the spectrum of light bulbs or help develop techniques for analyzing water samples &raquo;</p> </div> <img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6462260127_673ef426b9.jpg" width="500" height="347" alt="PLOTS Spectrometer"> </a> <a href="/tool/near-infrared-camera" style="display:none;"> <div class="slider_text"> <h2>Infrared vegetation monitoring</h2> <p>Balloon mapping with DIY infrared cameras &raquo;</p> </div> <img src="http://publiclaboratory.s3.amazonaws.com/cache/parts-and-crafts-nrg_0.jpg" alt="" /> </a> <a href="/place/new-york-city" style="display:none;"> <div class="slider_text"> <h2>Contamination monitoring</h2> <p>Brooklyn activists document the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and other sites of industrial contamination &raquo;</p> </div> <img src="http://publiclaboratory.s3.amazonaws.com/cache/eymund.png" alt="" /> </a> </div> <p>Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms.</p> <p>Community members develop tools and write open source instructions as <a href="/notes">research notes</a>, wiki pages, <a href="/guides">printable guides</a>, and <a href="/videos">videos</a>, so others know how to use these tools, and many have <a href="/wiki/creating-local-mailing-lists">started local groups</a> in their area. We also provide support through our <a href="/wiki/mailing-lists">mailing lists</a>. This works because everyone <b>both learns from and helps each other out</b>, and we all contribute to the growing body of documentation as we go.</p> <h2><a href="/user/register">Join now</a> to take part!</h2> <p>This community began as the <a href="http://grassrootsmapping.org">Grassroots Mapping project</a>, an effort to produce Do-It-Yourself satellite imagery <a href="/tool/balloon-mapping">with balloons and kites</a>, most notably during the 2010 BP oil spill. We are now broadening our scope to explore new inexpensive and community-led means to measure and explore environmental and social issues.</p> <a class="twitter-timeline" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=publiclab" data-widget-id="267069245395976192">Tweets about "publiclab"</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script> <script type="text/javascript" src="/scripts/jquery.cycle.all.min.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function() { $('#slider').cycle({ fx: 'scrollDown', speed: 4000, pause: 4, }); }) </script>...

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