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Public Lab Community Newsletter - August 30, 2013

by warren | August 30, 2013 16:31 30 Aug 16:31 | #9079 | #9079

(Above, an aerial image taken at last year's Extreme Citizen Science balloon mapping at University College London)

Hello all -- happy Friday; we've got a LOT of events in coming weeks, so be sure to look for things happening near you! Want to add things to the newsletter? Email

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Public Labs has joined the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. “working together to investigate and publicize pollution in the Gulf region” -- read more at

A new map of regional Public Lab groups has been posted at -- which also links to the start a chapter page

Skytruth, a fellow (and founding) member of the Gulf Monitoring Consortium, is crowdfunding an attempt to use thermal photography to map gas flares from North Dakota's Bakken Shale. Read more here:

Upcoming Events

Check out the LEAFFEST weekend gathering in Salisbury, Vermont on September 7 & 8 -- (This is a great opportunity to get involved in infrared photography research.)

Barnraising topic sessions brainstorming has begun as the 2013 Public Lab conference approaches:

Farm Hack has asked if Public Lab would also join them at the Maine Common Ground Country Faire that same weekend!

Mathew and Shannon are doing a couple of workshops next week in London. If you know anyone interested in participating, please contact Shannon at

Sept. 6th 18:30-22:30: Kite/Balloon Mapping First workshop]( making kites @ the Mildmay Community Centre, N16 8NA, East London

Sept. 7th 11:00-16:00: Kite/Balloon Mapping Second workshop: fly, map, & interpret @ the Mildmay Community Centre, N16 8NA, East London

Sun 8th Sept 14:00-17:30: DIY Spectrometry - introduction to spectrometry workshop @ UCL, Gower St. main entrance.

Mon 9th Sept 18:30-22:30: Testing the PLOTS DIY Spectrometer workshop: 'advanced' applications @ UCL, Gower St. main entrance

Join your fellow Public Labbers at World Maker Faire the weekend of September 21-22! -- We will be making a main stage presentation as well as staffing two (2!) tables: our own, and one inside the Farm Hack tent to highlight the Infragram. This is a great opportunity to hang out with some visiting Public Lab folks from out of town. I (Liz Barry) personally guarantee it will be a fun time. There will be a lot of visitors to our table so it's a great chance to speak about your own work if desired and make connections! Please email if you can attend.

New and ongoing projects

Brief report back and image sharing from the Tidmarsh Farms meetup last weekend:


Research Note highlights

Detecting cyanobacterial blooms with Infragram cameras (above image) near the Museum of Science in Boston:

A contributor from Spain posts about an improved spectrometer design for testing liquid samples:

An Australian contributor shares his high precision agricultural mapping an offers suppor to others attempting similar work: (see image below)

Hot topics on the mailing lists

Spectrometry curricular materials for younger students:!topic/plots-spectrometry/fuwa0T__PZs

Detecting lead in lipsticks with spectrometry:!topic/plots-spectrometry/oDWsa9k2_OQ



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