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: https://spectralworkbench.org/stats
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: http://publiclab.org/notes/Shannon/04-10-2014/public-lab-is-hiring-job-posting-kits-initiative-manager
The Public Lab Archive is about to reach 300 maps: http://publiclab.org/maps
How does the Public Lab community collaborate? Here are some new slides giving an overview: http://publiclab.org/notes/liz/04-11-2014/presentation-on-how-we-collaborate
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: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New and ongoing projects
Mapping the urban biosphere in Jerusalem: http://publiclab.org/notes/hagitkeysar/04-10-2014/mapping-urban-biosphere-in-jerusalem
Kite mapping in Far Rockaway, Queens (New York): http://publiclab.org/notes/jenmansta/04-11-2014/kite-mapping-in-far-rockaway-queens
Big ideas for the Thermal Flashlight: combining it with photo sensors for color-based chemical sensing and other monitoring approaches: http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/04-07-2014/open-lux
Infragram Point & Shoot research progress: http://publiclab.org/notes/warren/04-10-2014/mobius-action-cam-infragram-tests
Pat Coyle explores how to calculate the volume of a waste pile from kite photos! http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/04-07-2014/using-free-sfm-tools-for-automatic-volume-calculation
Can e-cigarettes be used for chemical analysis? http://publiclab.org/notes/warren/04-08-2014/selenium-detection-methods-ideas-on-e-cigarette-atomizers-for-diy-analysis
Research Note highlights
- Union Square MBTA mapping (posted by kgradow1)
- AMS Science Club: Toxics skycrane and projected impacts (posted by donblair)
- DataLogger: Part 2, hardware design (posted by JSummers)
- Reducing reflections in foldup spec (posted by Liz)
- Comparisons: Canons, Mobiuses, fruit (posted by donblair)
As always, if anything was missed, please post a research note or send a message to the list. Have a great weekend everyone! Shannon