The Public Laboratory

Via The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Goal

To make technology work for communities by creating a tool kit and online community for citizen-based, grassroots data gathering and research.

To make technology work for communities, the Public Laboratory will create a tool kit and online community for citizen-based, grassroots data gathering and research. The Lab is an expansion of Grassroots Mapping – a project originated at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. During the project, residents used helium-filled balloons and digital cameras to generate high-resolution “satellite” maps gauging the extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – at a time when there was little public information on the subject. Expanding the tool kit beyond aerial mapping, Public Laboratory will work with communities, both online and offline, to produce information about their surroundings.

Project Team

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science