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Public Lab community newsletter 4.11.14

by Shannon | April 11, 2014 19:52 11 Apr 19:52 | #10300 | #10300

This week in the Public Lab community newsletter, check out some incredible data milestones Public Labbers have reached, join the nonprofit team in Portland and attend meet-ups in Taipei and Washington DC. Enjoy!


Public Lab contributors passed a milestone on SpectralWorkbench this week! There have been 20,000 open source spectra contributed by ~2800 contributors. View the stats here:

The Public Lab nonprofit is hiring a Civic Kits Initiative Manager based in Portland, Oregon. Please see the job posting here and pass on to folks who might be interested:

The Public Lab Archive is about to reach 300 maps:

How does the Public Lab community collaborate? Here are some new slides giving an overview:

Upcoming events

This Monday, April 14th, join Public Labbers in Washington DC during State of the Map for an aerial mapping and imagery workshop. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required! More information here.

Join a Public Lab meet-up in Taipei, happening this weekend:!topic/publiclaboratory/xndGXVNl1GA

Are you located in Washington DC? Public Lab will have a table at the USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27 and we could use your help! If you’re interested in volunteering, please email

New and ongoing projects

Mapping the urban biosphere in Jerusalem:

Kite mapping in Far Rockaway, Queens (New York):

Big ideas for the Thermal Flashlight: combining it with photo sensors for color-based chemical sensing and other monitoring approaches:

Infragram Point & Shoot research progress:

Pat Coyle explores how to calculate the volume of a waste pile from kite photos!

Can e-cigarettes be used for chemical analysis?

Research Note highlights

As always, if anything was missed, please post a research note or send a message to the list. Have a great weekend everyone! Shannon

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