December 26, 2013 5:08 PM   Subscribe

Oh I wish I had time to flesh this post out; Public Laboratory is an amazing organization. But I'm on the way out my door, so I'll just be tacky and drop a self-link to my blog post about making a balloon map of Dolores Park on a beautiful clear day. So much fun, citizen mapping is a great thing.
posted by Nelson at 5:23 PM on December 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

Very cool stuff indeed. And an excuse for me to post a photo that's been stuck in my head for years. I just love this (partly because I love Mt. Diablo, photography and bicycles, and partly just because it's so cool.)

Loved the Occupy Oakland images in the linked map. Thanks!
posted by cccorlew at 5:25 PM on December 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

I found Public Laboratory via via An Unsolicited Design Review of Composting Toilets & Composting Methods (pdf) via Phlush's page on composting toilets. There's loads of neat stuff at Public Laboratory, indeed! And definitely check out this design review of composting toilets.
posted by aniola at 5:28 PM on December 26, 2013

I've been wanting to do this myself. I experimented with some rigs, but nothing I liked well enough to try to fly. Then summer ran out. Maybe next year.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:31 PM on December 26, 2013

(To clarify, one of the two people from Cloacina is also one of the people from Public Laboratory.)
posted by aniola at 5:36 PM on December 26, 2013

Thanks for posting! I'm not on staff, but i'm an organizer for the Gulf Coast with public lab. we have a whole bunch of photos to stitch, so memail me if you want to help out!

Besides mapping, the whole kite photo thing is useful for busting polluters, too!
posted by eustatic at 8:03 PM on December 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

I helped Stewart collect those Occupy Oakland images! The Lake Merritt one, too.
posted by migurski at 9:16 PM on December 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

"Wow, I can't believe there aren't any of Chicago! So I guess there's probably no chance there's a Burning Man one on here." Wrong!
posted by GastrocNemesis at 10:10 PM on December 26, 2013

This. Is awesome. Thanks for posting.
posted by yoga at 5:42 AM on December 27, 2013

Yes, Public Lab is great tem to work with. I've found the people and tools inspirational and now organize with them. Here is recent example.
posted by patcoyle at 11:49 AM on December 30, 2013

Make that "team" not tem.
posted by patcoyle at 11:50 AM on December 30, 2013

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