Public Lab is an open community -- you're welcome to simply start contributing in a variety of ways. If you are interested in a more formal collaboration, just ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an overview, click through the links in the "Get Involved" dropdown menu (at the top of this page):
Some ways to be a part of the community:
- email 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
- sign up for an account on the website to ask and answer questions, comment on others' work, and post your own.
- connect with or organize a local group 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 add to 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