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DIY tools and methodologies

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Learning DIY glow-worm making

“Learning by teaching”, a reflection on running a DIY Arduino glow-worm-making workshop. Continue reading

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The Explorer of the World playshop series – 2015

Explorer of the World playshops: seeing the world through a new lens The Explorer of the World playshop series is part of a set of projects developing tools and methods that enable individuals, regardless of background or geographic location, to (re)build relations with their environment, collaboratively and creatively devising solutions to the real problems they … Continue reading

A summer of DIY: kite-making, aerial photography, and spectrometry [PART 1]

“I like anything DIY… it makes me feel more self-sufficient, which in turn gives me a sense of self-reliance: I just love knowing “I could make that if I need to”.” This, was indeed a joyous summer, endowed not only with delightful weather but with the visit of the Public Lab to London. Between August and September … Continue reading

Motivations and Engagement in Citizen Science by Dr. Charlene Jennett

 Motivations and Engagement in Citizen Science Post by Dr. Charlene Jennett One of our goals in Citizen Cyberlab is to understand volunteers’ motivations for why they take part in citizen science projects. We hope to use this information to help us make our own citizen science projects as motivating and engaging as possible. Recently Raddick … Continue reading

RE: I had an Arduino evening | A conversation about the meaning of DIY

Subject: I had an Arduino evening From: Asako To: Cindy Cindy! Hooray, my Arduino did the blinking!! and the light turned on when button is pressed! and it turned on when the button is NOT pressed! and it blinked very rapidly and then slowly when the button is pressed! I’m very impressed about this and proud! It was … Continue reading

NightScience Conference/Hackathon

“WHAT’S THE USE OF STORIES THAT AREN’T EVEN TRUE?” Haroun and the Sea of Stories (p.22) In Salman Rushdie’s fairy tale a little boy named Haroun travels to the moon to find a cure for his father’s loss of capacity to tell stories. In his fantastic journey Haroun discovers that stories come from the great … Continue reading

RE: I had an Arduino evening | A conversation about DIY

Subject: I had an Arduino evening From: Asako To: Cindy Cindy! Hooray, my Arduino did the blinking!! and the light turned on when button is pressed! and it turned on when the button is NOT pressed! and it blinked very rapidly and then slowly when the button is pressed! I’m very impressed about this and … Continue reading

Doing it Yourself: Kite-mapping… an activity for the ‘privileged’?

Kite, check, reel, check, camera, check, SD card & batteries, check, camera rig, check, gloves, check, map, check, sunglasses, check. Weather conditions: partially cloudy with intermittent winds. Perhaps doing citizen science, as in taking the initiative to start a scientific project by yourself, requires a lot more than we think and makes us realise how much we … Continue reading

Strengthening community: PLOTS barn raising 2012

In the spirit of the barn raising tradition, in which people from a community get together to collectively erect a structure, repair or improve it , the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) had their second annual Barn Raising event in Cocodrie, Louisiana. From the 2nd to the 4th of November enthusiasts, technologists, … Continue reading

Exploring the Political Agency of Mapping and Maps

What is being being mapped and to what ends? – CHRISTIAN NOLD 21 September 2012 Abstract: The presentation discusses Christian’s PhD case study which involves a process of following an engineering focused, noise mapping project funded by the EU. The case study is used to identify the entanglement between subjective experience & devices and power … Continue reading

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