Open source collaboration for tackling real world environmental problems

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B304

Excerpt

Public Lab is a two-part project -- an attempt at large-scale community environmental monitoring, AND a massively distributed R&D lab for inventing new monitoring techniques and equipment. The community has grown a lot over the past five years, and we are here to share stories of -- and welcome you to -- an emerging FOSS culture that spans hardware, software, data, community organizing, and advocacy.

Description

Public Lab is a two-part project — an attempt at large-scale community environmental monitoring, AND a massively distributed R&D lab for inventing new monitoring techniques and equipment. In this talk we’ll introduce you to our development working group, the community leadership group known as “the organizers”, online / offline collaboration structures, and ways you can get involved.

Recently, Public Lab has recently upped its game to be more accessible to new developers by making installation videos and contributor guides, refactoring publiclab.org for easier integration of new features / refinements / upgrades, and by facilitating direct communication with people affected by environmental health justice issues to develop problem statements.

During the tutorial part of this presentation, we will take a tour through the collaborative features in our online lab notebook for community science (publiclab.org/research & /wiki), as well as explore the software that analyzes the data that people produce through: balloon / kite aerial mapping (mapknitter.org), the DVD+webcam spectrometer (spectralworkbench.org) and infrared photography (infragram.org). We will introduce you to the developers working group and the community process for prioritizing development goals.

By the end of this workshop, you will be inspired and have new knowledge of where your contributions could make a huge impact. :D

Tags

environment, environmental justice, watchdog, culture, collaboration

Speaking experience

Liz Barry has presented at conferences in New York City, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Rio de Janeiro on topics ranging from collaboration to civic tech to environmental health justice. She will be creating presentation materials and talking points for this presentation, which will likely be given by a Public Lab organizer based in the northwest. Related web resources:
http://publiclab.org/wiki/contributing-to-public-lab-software
http://publiclab.org/wiki/developers#Installation+videos

Speakers

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    Dana Bauer

    Public Lab & Rackspace

    Biography

    Dana Bauer is a programmer, geographer, and open data enthusiast. She’s part of the Developer Experience team at Rackspace, where she makes tools and leads workshops to help developers and technologists build amazing things with the Rackspace Public Cloud and OpenStack. As part of her work at Rackspace, Dana is able to devote up to 20% of her time on outreach to open source communities. She spends that time as a volunteer instructor with Software Carpentry and Girl Develop It and as an organizer with the Public Lab. ​

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    Mathew Lippincott

    Public Laboratory

    Biography

    Mathew is of the opinion that the future needs better instructions. An artist and designer working in technology development and education, he splits his time between creating low-cost science kits and restroom reform. A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), and MDML design, Mathew’s recent life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, MDML’s Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.

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