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Welcome to the main page for Public Laboratory for Los Angeles. ###Public Lab Organizers in the Los Angeles area * [Sara Sage]( (Val Verde, CA) * [Claudia Martinez Mansell]( (LA & Bourj Al Shamali, Lebanon) * [Maria del Carmen Lamadrid]( (Los Angeles, CA) * [Lauren Sullivan]( (Los Angeles, CA) **Other Organizers in California:** * [Matt Pendergraft](/profile/Matt_P/) (San Diego, CA) * [Victor Sinatra]( (Salinas, CA) * [Pat Coyle](/profile/patcoyle) (Livermore, CA) * [Stewart Long](/profile/gonzoearth) (Oakland, CA) * Mathew Xi (Oakland, CA) ###About the LA Maker Space There is a physical location for meetings at the [LA Makerspace]( This is a citizen science group is at the Pio Pico library in Koreatown, Los Angeles 694 S Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005 **What is it?** Citizen science is the practice of science by those who are not members of the professional scientific community. This can be done by members of the public in conjunction with a research group at a university, a non-profit, or by a completely self-organized group. **Who can get involved?** Anyone really. As long as someone has the interest and motivation they help contribute to the scientific community. Learning and expertise on a topic will grow out of this. Although different projects will require different skill sets, so some research work may not be feasible before someone is in high school or later. **Why do this?** For the reason anyone gets involved in science: the world is too interesting to not ask questions. For students it's also a great opportunity to learn science by actually doing science. **What's the goal?** To establish a network of research groups in Los Angeles, with at least one dedicated community lab space, for high school students to work on various research projects. This same space would also serve as a space for teachers to learn about how to connect current science to their teaching, and even get involved in the research work themselves. **What has been done?** There are thousands of citizen science projects all over the world. Through the citizen science work I've been doing with high school students I've been involved in the following: ###Citizen science projects in our community **Mapping the waste stream of Southern California** [Mapping the waste stream of Southern California]( - Residents in Val Verde advocate for appropriate waste handling in regard to their close neighbor, Southern California's largest landfill. Val Verde residents hosted the [2016 Barnraising]( **Safecast** [Safecast radiation]( - Started in response to the Fukushima meltdown, this project has led to the development and deployment of a large network of radiation monitors and the creation of a public database of radiation levels across large portions of the planet. [Safecast air]( - The next step in the Safecast network is the creation of an air quality monitoring network which will allow anyone in the world to monitor their local air quality and check a public database with current statistics on air quality elsewhere in the world. **Global Sensor Web** The [Global Sensor Web]( is an online service and application which allows for the public to use a network of devices, such as mobile phones, to monitor their environment. The information gathered from these devices and their on-board sensors, such as magnetic field strength from a phone’s compass, will then be logged in an open online server in an easy to query database for both members of academia and the general public. These data sets can also be concatenated with other public geotagged data sets, such as climatic data from NOAA or seismology data from the USGS, to provide for a richer data set to look for potential patterns in nature over large geospatial scales. We are also developing an online data aggregation and analysis platform for hosting a variety of citizen science projects so anyone with a mobile device will be able to collect scientific data, and anyone with an internet connection will be able to analyze scientific data. [Distributed Electronic Cosmic-ray Observatory]( - This project involves the use and testing of an Android app which turns the camera chips in phones into distributed cosmic-ray detectors. This project will enable users to help study the nature of rare and high energy space-based phenomena by running the application on the their phone at night. **Natural History Museum** [BioSCAN]( - The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has a well-establish group of citizen science projects. One of the newer project, BioSCAN, will monitor local climate and insect biodiversity across the LA Basin and allow for biologists to study the relationship between climate and the evolutionary trajectories of different species. **Reefquest** [Reefquest]( is a project to monitor the health of reef sites, and to provide the tools for citizenscientists to help with the monitoring efforts remotely. In Reefquest our dive team has captured a large number of high resolution images of target reef sites in order to measure the health of the sites from color data. This data is also being merged with remotely logged temperature data, which can be used to infer local current velocities, allowing for potential tracking of the point source pollution and elevated heat levels which are damaging to the reef ecosystem....

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pataxte " Hello @mlamadrid! Thanks for your response...let's talk more. You can email me at " | Read more » over 3 years ago
liz " Hi @shannonkmcalpine , wondering how you are getting along. To add to @jeffalk's response, perhaps you might be interested in @cfastie's response ..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
mlamadrid " Hi! I am DTLA and have both a balloon and a kite kit. I would love to help. Let's connect and see if we can make something happen. " | Read more » over 3 years ago
emilievilla " This is a rather topical issue. My place has a large freeway and it is simply unbearable to be near it. " | Read more » over 3 years ago
jeffalk " Hi @kahlilkochiyama and @shannonkmcalpine, I just searched for air quality in Gardena, Ca, and found an article in the Daily Breeze, https://www.d..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
shannonkmcalpine " Thank you all for your comments and advice, we really appreciate it! Here is a little more information about our concerns, hopefully this will pro..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
nshapiro "+1 to these good questions! Also down the line these folks could potentially be of help also the "." at the end of ..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
supporthp " Thanks for sharing such a high quality and much useful information Tags- contact hp contact hp support contact hp t..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
jeffalk "Hi @kahlilkochiyama and @shannonkmcalpine Some suggestions for beginning questions for air monitoring in the Los Angeles area: There are many go..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
liz "Hi @kahlilkochiyama and @shannonkmcalpine , Great to hear from you! How about posting an "issue brief", and we can start tackling pieces of the pro..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
atman " Hi guys, can you give a bit of background and I'll try and help as I've just finished a first project in this area. People: are you looking to re..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "Hi! I was curious if you're planning to post a map of reports from this app -- and if there are ways other communities could re-use this code to do..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
sarasage "Thanks, Jeff! " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Sara - just noticing -- i think you have to include http:// in the url to; the link isn't working as it is. Thanks! " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
sarasage "Thanks, Jeff! I think Naya was present at the barnraising session where this odor-mapping project was proposed and I believe my husband and Naya bo..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "This looks so great! I'd be interested in contributing -- is the code open source somewhere I can take a look? Also, I'd tried to connect you with..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
stevie "stevie awards a barnstar to sarasage for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » about 6 years ago
mlamadrid "Hello! This project, sadly, has been put in the back-burner for now. The individuals participating in it have been swamped with other LA River-rel..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
scoutcalvert "I'd love to know what more has been done on this project and if any of you are in the LA area so I can learn more. Thanks! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
levisimons "Ms. Lea, Please contact me at to see how to get involved. I've also update the wiki page as well. Thanks! " | Read more » about 8 years ago
MsLea "What is the status of this project/ how can I potentially participate? I just found Public Lab today and joined and would love to learn more about ..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "thanks for sharing! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "I really like that bioscan project! it sounds like benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring will fit right in. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
levisimons "PREEMO looks excellent. I think there's a lot there we may want to borrow, especially as a number of folks working on setting up this LA project a..." | Read more » over 8 years ago