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This page lists recent and urgent requests of all kinds across the Public Lab network, for those looking to pitch in on others' projects and needs.

Welcome to Public Lab!

As a network of many organizations and people across the world, we rely on the power of peer support for most of what we do. While the Public Lab staff is only around 10 people, our network reaches tens of thousands, with many different experiences and talents. We need you!

There are many different ways you can pitch in! We've compiled some below -- take a look and get involved!

Featured requests

Here are some higher-priority requests we'd like to highlight:

Recent requests

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Compile screenshots and URLs for aerial images of Harvey damages in a spreadsheet for reporting - - @warren 10m easy 2 replications: Try it »
Request for kite/balloon mapping help at Tidmarsh Farms wetlands restoration in Plymouth MA - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Help collect environmental sensors + probes on a shared list - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Help document how to connect different sensors to a data logger - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Help improve the step-by-step guides people have posted on - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »

Add an activity  or request an activity guide you don't see listed

Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.


Title Author Updated Likes
Is there someone who can help pull and analyze Purple Air data? @stevie 12 months ago
What is the best way to formalize connecting needs with offers? @bsugar over 1 year ago

Ask a question  or help answer future questions on this topic

This page is just getting started, but we'll be adding more as we build out this collection of requests. Please leave a comment on this page if you'd like to submit a request!

Help find assistance for people

Sometimes people need help getting the word out or finding folks nearby to help map. There are a number of ways you can help -- but first, use this link to subscribe so you get an email when people post a request:

Subscribe to receive emails when requests are posted

Some things you can do:

  • forward the request to the relevant local discussion list
  • tweet out the request or post it on Facebook
  • forward the request along to people you know working in the area
  • use a comment (and the @username syntax) to connect the requester with someone in their area who's posted on this site

Open to ideas on how you can help -- please add to this page!

To see who's signed up to be notified, see #requests

How to post a request

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Requests by topic

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