There are lots of upcoming events, including one tomorrow in Somerville, MA -- in addition to Infragram Webcams starting to ship yesterday. Altogether a great week for Public Lab!
The Public Lab/IOBY featured project of the week is the Mystic River Open Water project to develop a cheap conductivity and temperature logger for rivers and streams, led by Don Blair. Read more about the project here: http://publiclab.org/wiki/open-water
Don't forget to check out last week's featured project to monitor gas refinery flares with DIY spectrometers: http://publiclab.org/wiki/refinery-watching
TOMORROW is the Somerville, MA "toolshed-raising" meetup at Parts & Crafts. Read more here and see you tomorrow at noon: http://publiclab.org/wiki/toolshed-raising-02-02-14
TODAY, ongoing, is a balloon/kite mapping workshop in Castellón, Spain: http://basurama.org/proyecto/documentacion-territorio-desde-aire-publiclab -- See photos here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23documentaterritorio&src=hash&f=realtime
Chicago: Join the Public Lab community at the “Uncommon Commons” event on Wednesday February 12 from 10am-1pm. Please say hi if you’re in the area! http://publiclab.org/notes/liz/01-23-2014/uncommon-commons-event-chicago
The third Citizen Cyberscience Summit is happening in London 20-22 February at the Royal Geographical Society and UCL: http://cybersciencesummit.org
Local Environmental Action, the Toxics Action Center conference in Boston is approaching, and other Public Labbers will be there, with a whole Citizen Science track: http://localenvironmentalaction.org
Feb 8th will see a new meetup of the Los Angeles Public Lab community and other local Citizen Science practitioners: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/publiclaboratory/ePs_imk-WOk
New and ongoing projects
The new Infragram.org website was launched, providing online image analysis for infrared photography.
The Infragram Webcams from the Infragram Kickstarter started shipping to US backers; order one now while supplies last! Read more: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/publiclab/infragram-the-infrared-photography-project/posts/735570
Research Note highlights
Lots of posts on modified Infragram cameras and image processing:
With a hexacopter: http://publiclab.org/notes/Andresc4/01-28-2014/ndvi-with-canon-a2300-apm-hexacopter-dji550-help
Converting a Canon A480: http://publiclab.org/notes/Chernabog/01-28-2014/canon-a480-nir-conversion
And testing a Wratten 25 filter: http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/01-30-2014/initial-experience-with-wratten-25-filter-on-a490
Hot topics on the mailing lists
A great discussion of DIY environmental sensing for journalists: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/publiclaboratory/Edxy3atAmTE
Summary of the above at: http://publiclab.org/wiki/summary-of-discussion-about-sensor-journalism
A call for collaborators for investigating the strength of generic drugs: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/publiclaboratory/uDp-KgsV8-Q
Discussion of Spanish ballooning regulations on the spanish-language PL list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/laboratoriopublico/QY4uucE6UMs
Public Lab in the media
Media Lab Prado citizen science events highlighted on Spanish National TV , featuring Public Lab http://daniellombrana.es/blog/2014/01/14/la-aventura-del-saber.html
Eymund Diegel presented at TEDx Gowanus on Sunday, January 26. http://tedxgowanus.com/speakers/ The event was livestreamed, archival video is forthcoming. He spoke about how balloon mapped "grassroots" plant and puddle patterns were used to successfully locate buried urban streams. His presentation explored how these ghosts of the past can become the revitalized spirit of the new Gowanus Canal.
A Quick Look Ahead
February 2, Boston, MA: Toolshed Raising February 12, Chicago, IL: Uncommon Commons February 20-11, London, UK: Citizen CyberScience Summit March 2, Boston, MA: Toxics Action Center conference March 2-4, Chicago, IL: PittCon March 6-8, Boston, MA: Digital Media Learning conference March 7-12, Austin, TX: SXSW March 18-20, New Orleans, LA: State of the Coast
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