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Barnraising 2013

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LUMCON as seen from canoe, 2012 (photo by Shannon D)

Conference Dates: October 4-6, 2013

Travel Dates: Please aim to arrive on Thursday morning and fly out on Monday morning, so we can provide you a free shuttle (1.5 hours by car)!

Location: Cocodrie, LA at LUMCON

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Info on Cocodrie: Cocodrie on Wikipedia Information on the 2011 and 2012 barnraising

A human contact if you have logistical questions: Liz Barry (336-269-1539) or liz[@]; Shannon Dosemagen (504.239.4642) or shannon[@]; and Becki Chall, becki[@]

Barn Raising mailing list:

What is a Public Lab barn raising? This is the closest thing we have to a Public Lab conference -- but with an emphasis on "doing stuff together" rather than just presenting/talking. In the spirit of bringing a community together to collectively raise a structure such as a barn, Public Lab comes together to develop tools, toolkits, supporting materials such as guides and tutorials, test the tools and develop new research directions and projects. Participants represent a wide range of interests from technologists and designers to social scientists and community organizers.

This page will be used for information pertaining to barn raising activities including schedule, travel info, etc.

RSVP Sign-up for the barn raising here. (link:


Canoe time at the 2012 Barnraising (photo by Pat Coyle)

The planning committees are:

Foodcom Jeff

Travelcom Becki head organizer, Jeff will be a driver, Shannon will be a driver

Schedulecom Liz

Beercom Jeff (unwinding, downtime)

Doccom Liz (tweeting, documenting, reporting out to the online audience as things happen)

Gearcom (organizing what equipment needs to be brought)

Oscar Brett

Media sharing Lots of people will be taking photos, shared articles/readings, etc. Let's aggregate them here! Please remember to share Creative Commons Attribution at least. We can also host large amounts of files, just contact

Schedule Grid

Travel Coordination If you'll be needing a ride to / from the airport, or from New Orleans to Cocodrie (or even just to give us a heads up as to your details), there will be a document here that you can fill out.

Logistics LUMCON, who are so generous to host us, has an online handbook for visitors. Check it out:

Lodging Options The majority of people will be staying at the LUMCON facilities which has male and female dorms. They are $20 per night. If you are not comfortable spending the night in a dorm, the closest marina/lodge is TradeWinds: If you are coming with a group of friends, there are also a number of "camp" options (which means large houses with enough sleeping room for 8+).

There are also a number of lodging options in Houma (which is a bit of a distance away) and a couple of options in Chauvin.

Gallery from 2012 Barnraising

Video produced by Caterina Scaramelli (12 minutes of pure Barnraising gold)


Kickoff at the schedule grid! (photo by Don Blair)


A late-night session on Barnstars! (photo by Don Blair)