While anyone may join Public Lab and take part in developing and applying Do-It-Yourself pollution monitoring techniques, the Public Lab non-profit also supports fellowships that emphasise peer production projects working on community environmental health issues. Fellowships activities can include:
- Researching and publishing on methods for accessible community science monitoring techniques.
- Developing, incubating and distributing hardware and software research tools (and associated methodology) that are low cost, easy to use, and modifiable.
- Collectively applying these tools in research and monitoring projects in particular locales.
- Advocating for community identified goals and objectives by sharing the resulting data and knowledge with peers, regulatory agencies, press and other stakeholders.
Current fellows include:
- Nick Shapiro: Open Air
- Read Holman: Lead Monitoring Network
- Alahna Moore: Oil and Gas Accountability
- Ann Chen: DIY Oil Testing Narratives
- Matej Vakula: Oil Sheen Testing Fellowship
- Sreyantha Chary Fellowship: Spectral Workbench macros and recipies May 20-August 20, 2015, By providing a “Recipes” platform for authoring and sharing step-by-step methods and protocols for specific spectrometric tests, from sample collection to preparation, scanning, and comparison, Chary will pilot the idea of stepwise methodological scaffolding and skill-sharing with potential application across Public Lab tools.
- Yagiz Sutcu Fellowship: Public Lab beta Oil Testing Kit July 13-October 13, 2015, Yagiz will focus on the evaluation of the Oil Testing Kit capabilities to determine the accuracy with which the prototype Oil Testing Kit spectrometer can measure oil reference materials, and to conduct and synthesize results from a multi-user beta-testing program. For the beta-testing program, he will develop and refine written methods for users to analyze samples and assess uploaded user spectra for accuracy and precision.
- Don Blair, Open Water Fellow, http://publiclab.org/profile/donblair