Public Lab is about sharing how to do things with other people.
Have a new method for collecting environmental data that you'd like to introduce? Great! This is for you.
If you're not sure if you need all this just yet, try starting by posting a single activity. Once you have more documentation, you can collect it all on a method page later.
Why make a method page?
- to collect many activities into a coherent environmental monitoring method
- to gather questions into an FAQ
- to collect stories of using it
- to comparisons to other methods: pros + cons?
- to express a "design philosophy"
- to explain the "constraints" you're designing for (cost, simplicity, power?)
1. Read through the template. Notice the main sections:
- a one sentence opener/summary
- Basis -- quick ways to categorize what's going on with this method
- Story -- really getting into it
- Activities grid -- lists the step by step activities for using this method (it's OK to not have any yet)
- Frequently Asked Questions -- any question asked about your method will show up here
2. Take a moment to think about your method. Decide on a simple single word or hyphenated phrase to refer to your method.
3. Use this button to create a new page based on the method template:
In the title field, type in your word or hyphenated phrase. Stay here in editing mode (don't click publish yet)
4. While editing, do a "find and replace" for METHODNAME and replace each instance with your method's name. The HTML code will make sense after you hit publish. Click Publish.
5. On your new published page, scroll down to the tags.
- Notice that
toolis already a tag.
METHODNAME, replacing METHODNAME with the word for your method, and press enter.
- Then type
activities:METHODNAME, replacing METHODNAME with the word for your method, and press enter.
Success! Now start thinking about how to make a simple introduction activity for your method, the shorter the better! Read more here: https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/09-17-2016/what-makes-a-good-activity