Public Lab Wiki documentation


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Public Lab is an open community -- you're welcome to simply sign up and start contributing in a variety of ways. If you are interested in a more formal collaboration, just ask

For an overview, click through the links in the "Participate" dropdown menu (at the top of this page):


Some ways to be a part of the community:

  • email the list to say hello, describe your interests, and offer your skills to existing projects
  • ask for help with a public science issue and reach out for collaborators
  • connect with or organize a local chapter to investigate environmental, social, and other issues in a participatory way
  • post a research note describing the starting point of, or developments in, your project
  • contribute to better documentation (tutorials, diagrams, even just offering critique) of the tools we all use

More ways to be part of the community:

  • co-author articles & papers (in research journals, newspaper op-eds, magazines, etc) with other community members
  • co-author grants for research and for working with specific communities
  • adopt and contribute to units of our curriculum (mainly the mapping curriculum at this point) in universities, schools, and public workshops -- use some of our resources and add your own. Also see the guides we're starting to develop for our tools.
  • translate guides into your favorite language

Areas we need specific help in:

  • organizing meetups with residents in our partner communities to test new tools and gather data with proven ones
  • developing better and more comprehensive documentation & tutorials around our existing tools
  • archiving and publishing consistent data sets (from spreadsheets and geotiffs to interviews with community members)
  • outreach to research, policy, and legal institutions (Environmental Law Clinics, for example) to get our data adopted and used for advocacy outcomes

Public Lab is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up you'll join a diverse group of community researchers and tap into a lot of grassroots expertise.

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