Public Lab Wiki documentation

About Public Lab

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The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community -- supported by a 501(c)3 non-profit -- which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

The core Public Lab program is focused on "civic science" in which we research open source hardware and software tools and methods to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health. Our goal is to increase the ability of underserved communities to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness and accountability around environmental concerns. Public Lab achieves this by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally-relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding.

Download a PDF overview of Public Laboratory's work here:
Public Lab Overview PDF

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We're developing new tools for civic science with the following features:

  • low cost
  • open source and user modifiable design, with creative reuse of consumer technology
  • ease of use/low barrier to entry for using hardware, software and field methods
  • public participation
  • data legibility (including a preference for maps and other rich visual means of representation)
  • high quality, environmentally and socially relevant data

Useful pages


How Public Lab is organized.

Who We Are

Public Lab is a growing community that is open for all to join. However, there are seven staff and five board members that support this community.


The best way to get in touch is by emailing our staff list at If you are trying to reach a particular staff member, please visit the Public Lab Staff page.

General Public Lab contact information

Phone: 504-358-0647
Fax: 504-324-0401
We receive mail at: Public Laboratory P.O. Box 426113 Cambridge, MA 02142

Kits Initiative contact information

If you need assistance with a kit purchase, please contact or call 503-902-5874. Kit Initiative staff are typically available between 9am and 5pm PST Monday-Friday.

Technical assistance with website

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Here are some Public Lab logos in various sizes: