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Northeast Barnraising 2014

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Friday, June 6, 2014

6:00PM: Jones River Landing Community Potluck and Sunset Canoe

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

7:00AM - 10:00AM: Jones River Landing Canoe & Kayak

10:00AM - 11:00AM: Introductions

11:00AM - 11:30AM: Presentation by Jones River Landing and Cape Cod Baywatch.

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11:30AM - 12:00PM: Unconference Planning

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12:00PM - 4:00PM: Unconference Sessions

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

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What is a Public Lab Barnraising?

Public Lab Barnraisings are 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. The annual Fall Barnraising is held in Louisiana each year. In 2014, we’ve introducing a second Spring Barnraising into our event schedule. The Spring Barnraisings will be in different locations each year and focus on specific environmental issues or tool development projects.

What is the 2014 Tool-focused Barnraising?

The 2014 tool-focused Barnraising is a regional version of a Public Lab Barnraising and this year will be held in Massachusetts. We are planning a 2-night / 3-day conference for 25-30 individuals from Public Lab’s existing Northeast community, including representatives from five (5) local environmental justice organizations that are interested in incorporating community science into their programs. Together, we will engage in research and tool development around environmental justice issues of water quality. In particular, we will refine our sampling protocols for identifying oil in water using DIY spectroscopy, and defining thermal plumes from power plants with temperature sensors. Aerial mapping may play a supporting role in testing these approaches to water quality research.

Planning Information about Barnraising is located on this wiki page as well as in several google spreadsheets, docs, and pads--find all links gathered here:

Tidmarsh Farm

House Rules: GoogleDoc

Address: 139 Bartlett Road (same at 137 Bartlett Road), Plymouth, MA 02360.

The industrial barn.


The guest house.


The campsite.


Jones River Landing

Address: 55 Landing Road Kingston, MA 02364