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Posting research

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Why and how you should share your research

Research notes are the crux of Public Laboratory -- they are essentially a blog which you or anyone can post to, sharing your work. Most importantly:

Posting a research note open sources your work.

While it's important to talk in person or on the mailing list about ideas, we're trying to develop permanent documentation of our collaborative research. Share photos, videos, and other media of your projects, the sites you're investigating, etc., and they will become a part of our open source environmental science literature.

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  • Please include a main photo. Just choose something on your hard drive and drag it to the Main Image area. This will appear at the top, and there is no associated caption. It will be resized to fit perfectly. Everybody is happier if you include a main photo.
  • You can include any hosted video or most media from anywhere by using the embedding code from the hosting site.
  • You can always edit the note after you save it.
  • You can either use the simple text editor or use Markdown which is a suite of clever shortcuts for formatting text and content. It’s fun to learn. Here is some more information and a quick list of formatting hints.
  • Don’t forget to include some tags (keywords) at the bottom to link your note to others about the same subject. You can also add more later.
  • As soon as you click "Publish," your note will be live at the site (unless it is your first note). Embedded media like videos will not appear the first time until you refresh the page.

Things this page should be expanded to include:

  • Examples of short/informal and long/detailed posts
  • Show how people cite each other and how notes display related notes
  • Show how your notes accumulate on the "Contributors" page so you get credit and on your profile