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OpenHour is an interactive seminar hosted by the Public Lab Community both online and in person. The topics of OpenHour vary from presentations on tools and methods, discussions on environmental issues, to approaches to data-based advocacy. OpenHour is a great way to meet people in the Public Lab Community. Bring your research, your ideas, and your questions; and join us for OpenHour.

  • OpenHour is held the first Monday of the month.
  • The time alternates between 8:00pm ET (odd months) and 1:00pm ET (even months).
  • See schedule below for times and topics.
  • The event is hosted on Zoom -- see weblink and call-in numbers in the event info below!
  • Subscribe to to get a notification whenever an OpenHour recording is posted!

OpenHour Schedule:

Upcoming OpenHours:

The December 3rd OpenHour will be on Usability Feedback for!!

This fall and winter, we've embarked on a set of projects to improve the usability and user interface design of Have you gotten stuck or lost while browsing peoples' work on Public Lab's, or been frustrated or confused trying to find or do things? Then we need your constructive input to make improvements.

Our growing community of code contributors -- many of whom are making their first contributions to open source -- is looking to improve things, and would love to hear some of your experiences and ideas. We're looking for both general impressions and specific issues -- please show up ready to pitch in and help make Public Lab a better place.

Join us at 1pm ET (see different time zones here) to take part!

More details coming soon!

What will you need?

  • a willingness to share
  • any links or screenshots that help explain your issue or idea

Please note: we've worked hard to ensure Public Lab is a welcoming and friendly place, and many of our contributors are new to coding. Website issues can be frustrating! But we'd like to ask everyone to come with a constructive attitude.

Background: through projects supported by the DIAL Open Source Center, the Digital Impact Alliance, and the 11th Hour Project, we are looking to make more accessible and easier to use, with a focus on supporting people looking to engage on environmental issues. We're looking at everything from a smooth log-in sequence to the way our geographic features support regional organizing, to the layout and information design of our topic pages, and more.


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Past OpenHours

Click here for the OpenHour archive and watch any of the OpenHours listed below

2018 OpenHours

  • November 5th: Technology and process in working with Environmental Justice and environmental health impacted communities
  • October 1st: Google Code-In
  • September 10th: Using the new Community Microscope
  • August 6th: Summer of Code Projects
  • July 9th: Code of Conduct 3 year review
  • June : (summer break, no OpenHour)
  • May 7th: Events
  • April 1st: Marine Plastics
  • February 5th: Developing Community Kits with Public Lab
  • January 8th: Exploratory hydrogen sulfide monitoring methods

2017 OpenHours

  • December 4th: Data Loggers for Environmental Monitoring
  • November 13th: Barnraising sessions continued
  • October 2nd: Collaborations in disaster response between online and on the ground groups
  • September 11th: Summer of Code 2017
  • August 7th: Problem Identification
  • July 10th: Aerial Mapping
  • June 5th: Facilitation Techniques and Resources
  • May 1st: Art in Environmental Science Advocacy
  • April 3rd: Fundraising for Projects
  • March 6th: Water Water Everywhere! A discussion of monitoring strategies and tools
  • February 6th: New Year, New Challenges: the shifting landscape of advocacy
  • January 9th: Classifying Waste

2016 OpenHours

  • December 5th: Environmental monitoring methods recognized by enforcement bodies
  • November 7th: New contributors to open source code
  • October 3rd: Such Activities, Very Replication!
  • September 6th: Google Summer of Code Projects
  • August 1st: Public Comment on Environmental Issues
  • July 7th: Learning about the Barnraising in Val Verde!
  • June 6th: Exploring Proof
  • May 2nd: Public Lab's research culture
  • April 4th: Open Access to Environmental Data
  • March 7th: Soil and Soil Testing
  • February 1st: Landfills: Mapping and Monitoring!
  • January 28th: Live Call on QGIS

2015 OpenHours

  • December 7th: The Oil Testing Kit!
  • November 2nd: Gearing up for the Barnraising
  • October 20th, Live Call: Calibration and Characterization of DIY ‚ÄčInstrumentation
  • October 5th: Formaldehyde and the Plant Remediation Experiment
  • September 9th: "Transparency in Environmental Policy and Science."
  • August 3rd, Mapping in the Middle of it!
  • July 6th: Open Air Projects
  • June 1st: Public Lab Web Development behind the code
  • May 4th: Public Lab's 5 year anniversary party!
  • Monday, April 6th: Learning
  • March 2nd: Engaging in "C" Science
  • February 2nd: Lending Libraries
  • January: Energy!

2014 OpenHours

  • December 1st:Public Lab: A year in review and what's coming next.
  • November 18th: the Water Hackathon in New Orleans
  • November 3rd: Gearing up for the Barnraising!
  • October 6th: Events and Event Hosting
  • September 1st: Open Topic Session
  • August 4th: Thermal Imaging
  • July 28th: Open Air: air pollutants and air quality monitoring tools
  • July 21st: Water Contaminants and Detection
  • July 14, 2014: Spectral Analysis
  • July 7, 2014: Near Infrared Photography
  • June 30th, 2014: Aerial Mapping

Want to connect outside OpenHour? Join an Open Call

Open Calls are a great way to connect with fellow Public Labbers on projects and ideas. They are designed to help you connect with fellow Public Labbers to brainstorm, share ideas and move forward on projects. These calls hosted every Tuesday at 3pm ET (2 central) and are Public Lab community. More information can be found here.


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