stories from the Public Lab community
For a long time, folks making new pages and interfaces at PublicLab.org have not had much (if any) guidance or direction, and, understandably, have brought their own ideas to the project. This is great initiative, but we could do a better job setting some clear design conventions, and the whole site would benefit from some more consistency.
We're at a point where we could use some input and feedback, so here's a draft!
Our goals include:
This guide won't cover every situation, but will establish an overall approach to UI design that all our work should build on cohesively.
Check out the draft style guide here -- comments and input are very welcome!
We'll be adding more and more annotations as we go, so that it's clear /why/ we've made these recommendations, and how to apply them.
We'll also be following up in a later version with code samples and links to templates!
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Hi, all! I wanted to reach out because we will have a record-size team this summer, between 2 Outreachy and 13 GSoC fellows --- we've never had a group this big! We also have a bigger mentor group, but we will certainly need students to help one another. I wanted to reach out and welcome everyone, but also set the tone for the kind of mutual support we will need to succeed together.
Here are the announcements - congratulations!!!:
I was thinking of asking people individually to keep an eye on someone else's work even as they do their own. Each person might have a set of skills they could use to help another with -- whether it's writing tests, making FTOs, solving database issues, designing UIs, or creating clear and simple documentation. We'll need to rely on each other --- students helping students above all --- to pull this off and ensure everyone has a great summer, learns a lot, and finds success!
A note to those who we weren't able to accept in this year's program: we had over 20 fantastic proposals, and if we had the slots available and the mentoring team, we would surely have accepted more. Please know that we are extremely grateful for your work with us to date and that we welcome you to continue being part of this community. We considered many factors, among which are the prioritization of different projects, our ability to support different kinds of projects with good mentorship, and much more. So our inability to accept you should not be taken in a discouraging way, or as a suggestion that your proposal and your skills were not impressive and exciting on their own merits. Thank you for understanding and we hope you'll apply again ❤️
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Image Management and Synchronous Editing||@divyabaid16||4 months ago||1||2|
|SoC proposal: GSoC: Websocket Implementation for Real-time Usage and Sensor data and Display Library||@namangupta||8 months ago||4||20|
|SoC Proposal : Spectral Workbench Capture||@sidntrivedi012||8 months ago||3||12|
|SOC 2019: A small proposal for global environmental monitoring||@MaggPi||8 months ago||1||13|
|GSOC-19 Mapknitter synchronous editing||@vidit||8 months ago||0||2|
|SOC proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow||@anan12||8 months ago||4||5|
|GSoC proposal: Image Sequencer||@aashnaaashna||8 months ago||3||10|
|Outreachy Proposal 2019 For Public Lab:||@gautami_gg||8 months ago||5||12|
|GSoC Proposal: Mapknitter Rails 6 upgrade||@kaustubh_nair||8 months ago||2||7|
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter ORB Descriptor (w/ auto-stitching, pattern training, and live video support) and LDI revamp (major UI enhancements)||@rexagod||8 months ago||5||35|
|SoC proposal: Community Toolbox overhaul||@icode365||8 months ago||2||16|
|SoC proposal: Image-Sequencer v3: Boosting the performance and adding demonstration based on colorimetry||@lit2017001||8 months ago||5||7|
|GSoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library||@IshaGupta18||8 months ago||7||34|
|GSoC Proposal 2019: Mapknitter's Rails Upgrade||@alaxallves||8 months ago||0||5|
|SoC proposal: Enhancing the UI of publiclab and relevant changes to server||@lekhidugtal||9 months ago||8||21||Show more|
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Start Date: Mid June 2019
Location: New Orleans, LA
Terms: Full time
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community-- supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit--that 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.
This position is based in New Orleans and will be responsible for managing the business and operations of the Public Lab nonprofit. Day-to-day tasks include bookkeeping and financial management, supporting human resources and keeping a multi-office, remote team organized through meeting coordination and internal staff communications. The goal of this position is to improve and maintain efficiency and productivity of the organization, and to oversee the management and coordination of fiscal activities for Public Lab. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
Major Position Responsibilities
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in finance, business or other related field is preferred and 3-5 years of demonstrated job experience in a related field is required.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Skills, Knowledge, and Characteristics Required
Compensation is between $40,000-$50,000, based on experience and qualifications. Public Lab offers a benefits package that includes four weeks starting vacation time in addition to federal holidays and personal days, 75% coverage of health benefits, a 401k and paid sabbaticals. This job requires occasional travel and work outside regular business hours.
Please send a single document containing a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by May 19, 2019. No phone calls please.
Public Lab is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. We encourage people with different ability sets, people of color, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities to apply.
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Jan-Mar 2018: This year we have been buoyed by the growing size of our community and have turned towards larger projects on a year-round cycle, supported by funds from a variety of grants and fellowship programs. Our overall goal this year is to reduce the technical overhead of maintaining systems, and build a sustainable community leadership team that can carry these projects forward responsibly in a more distributed way.
This is "applications season" for our outreach programs, and we've seen a huge response this year (#call-for-proposals), and many applicants for summer fellowships who have already been engaged in our community for months.
We've worked to improve and expand community facilitation and mutual support, as well as build on our commitment to diversity and equity in our work by supporting and encouraging a leadership group with strong representation by groups traditionally excluded in technology development; for the first time, a substantial proportion of our community leaders are women, and greater gender and racial diversity is reflected throughout our community. Our 2019 Software Contributors Survey helped us to better understand both our demographics how our approach to welcoming has worked.
Our community survey shows that ~33% of respondents identify as female or non-binary, which compares favorably with OpenSourceSurvey.org's report that only 4% of the broader open source community are identifying so. In addition, 87% of our community identify as non-white. (cited from our Software Contributors Survey)
We hope that the rich results from this survey can help us to improve even more, and look forward to the deep discussions and plans that will come out of this new information.
With support from Google's Office of Open Source, we are in the middle of a major, months-long project to rebuild and restructure the MapKnitter website and mapmaking toolkit. This has been a great opportunity to build out our leadership team, with five fellows leading projects which engage newcomers while solving substantial technical problems. We hope to begin public testing of the new systems in May.
In the next quarter, we will see a substantial reboot of the MapKnitter project, expansion of the Image Sequencer system (including a colorimetry app), implementation of major UI redesigns, and much more. Thanks to everyone who's helped make this a great quarter for Public Lab software!
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Logo above courtesy of Pat Popple
Back in September, a number of people from around the Midwest who are fighting frac sand mining issues hosted a couple check in meetings on how things were going, sharing notes on some projects to date (you can read about the conversations here and here). We also had an opportunity to loop in on pathways forward people were seeing that were new, or could use some more attention.
I want to post an update on one of the projects that came up in those September conversations. With support from a number of groups and individuals, we've started to work on the Sentinel Program, originally conceived of by @Pat. This project is aimed at making reporting suspected violations from the frac sand mining industry easier to do.
So far on this project we have:
I wanted to share out the materials so far, and am looking for edits, ideas, and further suggestions. You can comment below or in the doc itself here. We'll also be going over some of this material at the event on Saturday in Arcadia.
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This past February at the Barnraising in Galveson Texas, we began the process of brainstorming about ways that we could equip ourselves better to respond to environmental disasters. We arranged our tools, methods and needs on a poster: a summary of which is below. Because many of the suggestions overlapped or fit into multiple categories, I've If you suggested something and don't see it, or would like to offer your own suggestions, please add your thoughts to the comments below. We'll be expanding this into a wiki page as well, and hope that folks will keep this conversation moving forward!
We'll also be looking to this list to see what kinds of environmental monitoring tools we can assemble so that inexpensive/DIY options exist. Please let us know what's missing!
Emergency Response Needs (Methods, Tools, Resources)
This project is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
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