A major goal of Public Laboratory is to produce simple and easy guides to construct many of our low-cost tools. Here are some of the illustrated guides, tutorials, and other supporting materials we've put together so far: ## "Getting Involved" diagram Beautifully illustrated by [Molly Danielsson](/wiki/! ## Aerial mapping #### Grassroots Mapping with balloons and kites * [Grassroots Mapping Guide 2.0](, ([1mb pdf](/sites/default/files/Grassroots_Mapping_English_2_0_0.pdf)) - This improved version of the guide is more concise (prints on 4 pages, or a single 11x17 sheet, double sided) and has been updated with more recent, simpler, more reliable techniques. It is available for anyone to edit or modify as a Google Doc. * - Our first illustrated guide attempts to thoroughly explain how to construct and use a [balloon mapping](/tool/balloon-mapping) kit. * [Step by step slide presentation]( - all the drawings of the Grassroots Mapping Guide 2.0 shown one at a time on 15 slides. Useful for projecting during rig-building workshops. #### Balloon Mapping Quick Start Guide We made this one specifically for filling and flying our [balloon kit](/wiki/balloon-mapping-kit), but the flying info is generally applicable. * [BalloonMappingQuickStartGuide1English.pdf](/sites/default/files/BalloonMappingQuickStartGuide1English.pdf) (1.5 MB) [Anyone can print, add to or edit the Google Doc](, please translate it to new languages if you can! #### Balloon Mapping Flight Checklist & Packing Lists Sequential to-do lists and packing lists for every step of the process. Do it right every time! use a list. * [BAPpre-flightchecklistpackinglist.pdf](/sites/default/files/Balloon%20Mapping%20Pre-flight%20Checklist%20&%20Packing%20List.pdf) (66 KB) [Again, anyone can download, print, or edit the Google Doc.]( #### Other Guides based on Public Lab Balloon/Kite research [GeoJournalism Handbook Guide]( By @imvec: Balloon Mapping guide in Spanish on an onion site (visit using the Tor Browser): https://o5ss65db4oowvkobyebvttphtlglc464icnwdjfziylfl55au2iyizid.onion/ ### Making Maps with MapKnitter [Sorting images](/notes/mathew/1-30-2012/efficient-image-sorting-finder-preview-mac) [Quick overview of Mapknitter](/notes/gonzoearth/05-29-2013/time-lapse-video-of-a-mapknitter-project) Public laboratory's open source tool: [MapKnitter Guide](/wiki/mapknitter) #### Translations * **Arabic:** BalloonGuide_Arabic.pdf * **IN PROGRESS Arabic**: * **Castellano/Spanish**: [Guía ilustrada de hacer mapas con globos o cometas]( * [PDF (1mb, 4 pages)](/sites/default/files/Grassroots_Mapping_Castellano_2_0.pdf) * **Portuguese**: [Guia ilustrado para Mapear Comunidades de base com balões e pipas]( * [PDF (1mb, 4 pages)](/sites/default/files/Grassroots_Mapping_Brazilian_Portugese_1_0.pdf) * **Georgian** (older 5 page version): [PDF (26mb)]( * **Hebrew** מדריך מאוייר למיפוי עצמאי עם בלונים או עפיפונים (older 5 page version): [A4 PDF (3.1mb)](, [Letter-sized PDF]( * **Korean**: [see research note by Jaekyung Lee](/notes/leejaekyung/11-30-2011/balloon-mapping-tutorial-korean) * **Chilean**: [external site]( * **Ukrainian**: [Картографування за допомогою Повітряних куль та Зміїв](/sites/default/files/GrassrootsMapping2.2Ukraine.pdf) (995kb PDF) [Google Doc]( * **Russian**: [attached PDF](/sites/default/files/Instructions_Rus_Combines.pdf) * **Turkish/Türkçe**: Balon ve Uçurtma ile Haritalama için Resimli Rehber * **Dutch/Nederlands** [Image from Dutch article on a Public Lab Kite Mapping event]( in Amsterdam, by [Waag Society]( -- and a full PDF version, released CC-BY-SA: cl_special_spelen-leren.pdf * **German:** BalloonGuide_German.pdf **** ## Spectrometry #### Translations spanish translation: traducción de instrucciones para mini-espectrometro en español. 8.5x11mini-spec3.8_-_spanish.pdf _These are out of date; please see [the main Spectrometer page](/wiki/spectrometer) * [PLOTS DIY Spectrometer Guide v1.0.pdf](/sites/default/files/PLOTS%20DIY%20Spectrometer%20Guide%20v1.0.pdf) (2 pages, black and white, 1.4 MB) * PLOTS DIY Spectrometer construction (wiki page): **Older spectrometry guides:** _These may be out of date_ * Making a [spectrometer](/tool/spectrometer): * [plots-spectrometer-guide.pdf](/downloads/plots-spectrometer-guide.pdf) (17.4mb) * [plots-spectrometer-guide-small.pdf](/downloads/plots-spectrometer-guide-small.pdf) (4.3kb) * [Parts and Crafts]( revised spectrometry booklet (fantastic!): (21mb, print quality) **** ## In progress We're constantly improving and exploring new ways of documenting and disseminating our designs. Here are some prototypes and planning pages: * [T-shirt guide](/wiki/t-shirt-guide) - A t-shirt with instructions for balloon mapping printed on it. **** ## Activities Help out with our guides using these calls to action, or post your own to get a new guide started! [activities:guides] **** ## Questions [questions:guides] ...

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shellyananda "Hai Semua, Nama Saya Shelly Ananda. Saya menyukai permainan poker dan domino. Website: " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
liz " @liz has marked @bhamster as a co-author. " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
zengirl2 " Looks good. I'm loving these topic pages because it just makes everything a one-stop shop. " | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren " Hi @zengirl2 - i made a topic page for #CAFO -- take a look! -- not complete but a good start. " | Read more » about 4 years ago
nshapiro "Thank you so much Liz! We have a new research note on this coming out any day (text is all copy edited) its just a matter of uploading it now. The ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
liz "Hi everyone, thank you for such a beautifully documented activity! I'm going to print this out on oversized paper so that there's room to write tra..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
nshapiro "Thinking about the history of the science behind the kit (photo by Merle Ibach): " | Read more » over 5 years ago
nshapiro "Here are a couple more images of the event. The mesh assembly table: The root cleaning station: " | Read more » over 5 years ago
nshapiro "Here are all the differnt forms of instructions (different sizes and web or print usage): kit_instructions-web_A4.pdf kit_instructions-web_A3.p..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "I used a Mac plugin to bookletize it but it's also possible with Ghostscript on the command line. " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "<3<3<3 awesome -- you can clone the whole Google doc or do it in InDesign or whatever -- i can help "bookletize" it -- was able to get it ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose "Incoming Spanish translation babies! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
liz "Courtesy of this terrible Hurricane Season 2017, here's the wind speed categories for hurricanes, as told through cats, for your enjoyment: " | Read more » over 5 years ago
eymund "Great post ! For a history of old wind patterns: How citizen scientists are helping build weather pattern benchmarks ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Bronwen "@Bronwen awards a barnstar to mathew for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "@donblair and @mathew !!! Best Barnraising dramatic reading ever. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mlamadrid "That is beautiful! Love the slightly James Bond-like action poses in the "holding a camera with a long lense". " | Read more » about 7 years ago
warren "@mlamadrid, you might really like this! " | Read more » about 7 years ago
gonzoearth "Here is the KMZ of the flight open in google Earth and use the elevation profile tool to see the details " | Read more » about 9 years ago
gonzoearth "It was either AMOD or an equivalent tracker. I have the 3d tracks, i'll post them... " | Read more » about 9 years ago
gonzoearth "did you use the kit? This was actually from 2010. I was using a southern balloon works balloon but the balloons that are in our kit now would work ..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
eustatic "Did you use an AMOD to get the altitude? I'd like to make a 3d map that shows the kite / balloon path, but don't know how. " | Read more » about 9 years ago
eustatic "here are two wetland areas in the birdfoot delta of Plaquemines parish i'd like to map with this technique: " | Read more » about 9 years ago
eustatic "Stewart, did you use the kit? How did you know when to stop inflating the balloon? How did you plan around the weather conditions? Amazing flight! " | Read more » about 9 years ago