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Public Lab is an open community -- you're welcome to simply start contributing in a variety of ways. If you are interested in a more formal collaboration, just ask

For an overview, click through the links in the "Get Involved" dropdown menu at the top of this page):

Some ways to be a part of the community:

  • email to say hello, describe your interests, and offer your skills to existing projects
  • ask for help with a public science issue and reach out for collaborators
  • sign up for an account on the website to ask and answer questions, comment on others' work, and post your own.
  • connect with or organize a local group to investigate environmental, social, and other issues in a participatory way
  • post a research note describing the starting point of, or developments in, your project
  • contribute to better documentation (tutorials, diagrams, even just offering critique) of the tools we all use

More ways to be part of the community:

  • co-author articles & papers (in research journals, newspaper op-eds, magazines, etc) with other community members
  • co-author grants for research and for working with specific communities
  • adopt and add to curriculum (mainly the mapping curriculum at this point) in universities, schools, and public workshops -- use some of our resources and add your own. Also see the guides we're starting to develop for our tools.
  • translate guides into your favorite language

Areas we need specific help in:

  • organizing meetups with residents in our partner communities to test new tools and gather data with proven ones
  • developing better and more comprehensive documentation & tutorials around our existing tools
  • archiving and publishing consistent data sets (from spreadsheets and geotiffs to interviews with community members)
  • outreach to research, policy, and legal institutions (Environmental Law Clinics, for example) to get our data adopted and used for advocacy outcomes