Tag: environment

by Shannon Dosemagen

This post was co-written by Public Lab organizer Don Blair. Public Lab is pleased to announce the launch of our fourth Kickstarter today, “Infragram: the Infrared Photography Project.” The idea for the Infragram was originally conceptualized during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and as a tool for monitoring wetland damages. Since [...] more »

by Liz Barry

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., has inspired urban legends from the forensic to the ecotopian. In the year and a half since the Environmental Protection Agency bestowed its Superfund designation, the canal has become a site of even more intense re-imagination by several groups, some of whom are customizing Public Laboratory tools for deepening [...] more »

by Jeffrey Warren

Several Public Laboratory groups have emerged around the development of new tools for measuring contamination and quantifying ecologic issues. Among them is an informal spectrometry working group, which is attempting to create an inexpensive spectrometer. Such an instrument offers the possibility of detecting and even quantifying contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs — [...] more »

by Andrew Whitacre

This post was authored by Matthew Hockenberry, who co-created Sourcemap as a visiting scientist with the MIT Center for Civic Media. Sourcemap Knowing where things come from is a fundamental part of humanity. Things are very different when they come from different places. The provenance of a work tells us the importance of not only [...] more »

by Angela Antony

If you haven’t already read our mid-summer update (found here) I’ll give you the abridged version. My name is Angela Antony, and my cofounder’s name is Sandra Ekong. We were roommates at Harvard. Like most things hip and cutting edge, Beanstockd was born in Paris. Sandra and I lived there for 6 months during our [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

The staff of Gotham Gazette is counting down to the day later this fall when our first online game goes up on our site. It’s been an interesting process getting us this far. First, of course, we needed a concept. In some respects, this was the easy part as brainstorming sessions over the summer produced [...] more »