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2012 Barnraising: Cocodrie, LA

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Dates: November 2-4, 2012 Location: Cocodrie, LA at LUMCON Info on Cocodrie: Cocodrie on Wikipedia Information on the 2011 barnraising A human contact if you have logistical questions: Shannon.. shannon@publiclaboratory.org or 504.239.4642

What is a Public Lab barn raising?

This is 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.

This page will be used for information pertaining to barn raising activities including schedule, travel info, etc.

RSVP

Sign-up form

Please fill out the required information on this form.

Travel Coordination

If you'll be needing a ride to / from the airport, or from New Orleans to Cocodrie (or even just to give us a heads up as to your details), please add your name to the arrival times / departures list.

Attendees

updated 9.26.12

Shannon Dosemagen Liz Barry Scott Eustis Mathew Lippincott Stewart Long Adam Griffith Jeff Warren Dr. Alex Kolker Oscar Brett +1 Eric Kugler? Jessi Breen Jayhur Mehta Matt Toups Chris Walley +2 Dan Beavers Phil Silva Leif Percifield Pat Coyle Cindy Regalado Don Blair + {0, 1, or 2} Matthew Pendergraft Alexandra Miller Christopher Esposito Jeffrey Goodman Chris Fastie Hagit Keysar Claudia Martinez Mansell Jen Hudon Catarina Scaramelli --add your name here--

Reviewing the Grassroots Mapping Toolkit

a series of 10-25 minute talks to frame where we're at with our most developed tool, and give focus to brainstorming the future. Civic Response to Deepwater Horizon & Looking Forward Shannon Dosemagen * how we did it the first time * the degrees of volunteer involvement and how we can improve * leveraging online volunteers while keeping locals in charge * sharing data online and offline

The Gowanus Conservancy: Interfacing with the EPA Liz Barry * building civic science/gov't science relationships

Wetlands Restoration and Long-term Monitoring Scott Eustis & Adam Griffith * Wetland restoration with volunteers * civic science in volunteer restoration * tracking progress & maintaining a data series over time

The State of Kite & Balloons for Mapping Mathew Lippincott * the state of the art & future research directions * ease of use and replicability * designing for volunteer kit construction in emergency response

Civic Cartography Stewart Long * Sharing the map-stitching burden across volunteers * training new cartographers for Mapknitter * how do we make Mapknitter more central field work?

Groundtruthing Oil Contaminiation-- spectrometers in the field Jeff Warren * creating a usable assay * building hacked devices for emergency response * sharing back and integrating with mapmaking

Deploying Field Sensors for Hydrogen Sulfide Sara Wylie * researching industry (don't get SLAP'd) * chain of custody issues and legal outcomes

Proposed Unconference Sessions

Add sessions you'd like to see -- we're doing at least part of this "unconference style" -- and put your name down next to sessions you're a fan of!

Extracting and testing soil/water with spectrometers and lasers

  • Jeff W
  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Pat C

Starting a Public Lab chapter

  • Shannon
  • Jeff W
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • Hagit
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H

Crowdfunding: raising money and shipping open hardware prototypes

  • Jeff W
  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Hagit
  • Pat C

Curriculum development for environmental monitoring tools what workshop and lesson plans would help communities integrate PLOTS tools?

  • Shannon
  • Phil
  • Mathew
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H

Hydrogen Sulfide Hack Session

  • Sara
  • Shannon
  • Don B
  • Anyone else working on H2S issues!

Usability of the Balloon Mapping Toolkit we'll go through the planning process and brainstorm ways to improve the rate at which people share back their planning, mapping, and mapping outcomes.

  • Mathew
  • Chris F: How about a special data entry form for notes about your recent mapping outing.
  • Don B
  • Cindy R: Feedback from community in London, UK
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Designing publiclaboratory.org to capture the context of tool use we'll look at Mapknitter, research notes and brainstorm improvements to encourage people to post more info on flight planning, why to make maps, and see what lessons we can draw for other tools like Spectral Workbench

Introduction to MapKnitter and/or alternatives For those new to Mapknitter, we could align fresh images if we get any, or discuss advanced topics.

  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

What is your experience with the PLOTS website (publiclaboratory.org)? Suggestions?

  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Shannon
  • Cindy R: feedback from creating research notes
  • Pat C

Measuring the effectiveness of DIY Science tools Guidelines for designing and implementing surveys and metrics for assessing the effectiveness and outcomes of DIY science initiatives and technologies.

  • Don B
  • Chris F
  • Shannon
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Aerial mapping demonstration Chris F. will try to arrive in Cocodrie on Thursday afternoon in time to catch the afternoon breezes with a kite and fly the PLOTS NIR camera setup around LUMCON. We can try again during the weekend.

  • Chris F
  • Oscar B
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Creating a "Getting Started with PLOTS Tools" booklet

  • Don B
  • Shannon
  • Cindy
  • Hagit
  • Jen H

Ethics of participation

  • Cindy R
  • Shannon
  • Oscar B
  • Don B
  • hagit
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H

Wetland Plant Identification from Aerial and Satellite Photography Report back from the two 3-day USGS classes Scott is taking from the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA--with reference to existing Delta wetlands maps in Mapknitter

*Scott E * Pat C

add your proposals here

Alternatives, given helium shortage

  • Pat C: kite kits like Matheww's Tyvek Deltas, UAVs, alternate lifting gases; lead time for helium, etc

Grassroots Mapping Forum

The Grassroots Mapping Forum will be used as a framework for documenting and continuing conversations started at the barnraising. We'll use Google Docs to take session notes and an interactive wall of sticky notes to plan out the next issue, set for printing in late November/early December. The planning page is here.

Logistics

Lodging Options

The majority of people will be staying at the LUMCON facilities which has male and female dorms. They are $20 per night. If you are not comfortable spending the night in a dorm, the closest marina/lodge is TradeWinds: http://www.tradewindscocodrie.com/. If you are coming with a group of friends, there are also a number of "camp" options (which means large houses with enough sleeping room for 8+).

There are also a number of lodging options in Houma (which is a bit of a distance away) and a couple of options in Chauvin.

To prepay for lodging, use this button:

Prepay for lodging

Food

All meals will be supplied by Public Lab. We'll plan on having breakfast each day prepared by LUMCON, sandwiches for lunch and cookouts on Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you want to go out for some good cajun fare there are a few close-by places that Shannon will post information on.

Travel to and from Cocodrie

You should plan on flying into the New Orleans International airport. We'll begin by about 10 on Friday morning and end Sunday late afternoon so it might be safest to come in Thursday evening and leave either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning.

There's a bunch of people in New Orleans with cars so the hope is that we'll just be able to transport people to and from New Orleans, but depending on flight schedules we might rent a transport van for the weekend or something. You of course are also welcome to rent your own car to explore the beautiful areas of Dulac, Chauvin and Houma in your free time.

What you should bring

(besides the usual)

Mosquito repellant!!!! Sunscreen (we still have warm, sunny days in November) Mosquito repellant!!! (your friends in New Orleans will actually provide a whole bunch of options for repellant so you don't really have to worry about it) A good hat and sunglasses If you have rubber boots, bring them! A light rain jacket if it looks like rain that weekend Any materials that you want to bring for the barn raising sessions A Halloween costume if you will be in town for October 31 (email Liz to get in on the "Private Laboratory" lab coats)

Weather

Louisiana in November ranges from lows of 50 to highs in the mid-70s or so and we get about 4.5-5 inches of rain on average.

A note on cell phones

Check your cell phone coverage maps if you're worried about not being connected while in LUMCON. Verizon for sure reaches as should AT&T and Sprint, but those of you with TMobile and USCellular should check. There will be plenty of friendly folks with cell phones that you can use while you're here.