Kits Initiative
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## How the Public Lab Kits Initiative is Responding to COVID-19 The Public Lab Kits Initiative exists for many reasons but, above all, we exist to serve our community by getting tools into the hands of those who need them. We wanted to take a moment to provide an update on how COVID-19 has affected our operations and what changes you can expect in the near future. As we move through this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our team is a top priority. As you may have previously seen, our fulfillment was temporarily suspended. Our New Orleans-based staff is working from home, and will continue to do so until we determine that returning to our physical office is in line with public health recommendations. However, we have been able to begin fulfilling some of our kits again. Here’s what you can expect from us: - We will have a limited range of products available. These include: - [Papercraft Spectrometers](https://store.publiclab.org/collections/featured-kits/products/papercraft-spectrometer-intro-kit?variant=6100877213724) - [DIY Infragram Filters](https://store.publiclab.org/collections/featured-kits/products/infragram-diy-filter-pack?variant=1058088684) - [Infragram Pi Cameras](https://store.publiclab.org/collections/recently-added/products/infragram-pi-camera?variant=13775708029037) - [Raspberry Pi Cameras](https://store.publiclab.org/collections/recently-added/products/raspberry-pi-camera?variant=13614976139373) - [Gift Cards](https://store.publiclab.org/search?type=product,article,page&q=gift) - We’re moving to no-contact shipping, which means you’ll see a change in available shipping services. - We will only ship orders out one day per week to encourage physical distancing. While we cannot guarantee shipping dates at this time, you may see a delay of up to five business days between when you place your order and when it ships. - We will continue to ship around the world, where permitted. We will continue to update our community as the situation progresses and we appreciate your support of Public Lab. During this time of physical distancing, we want to invite all Public Lab community members to take part in our virtual community spaces, such as weekly [Open Calls](https://publiclab.org/wiki/open-call) and our live builds coming soon. Follow us on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/PublicLab) or [Twitter](https://twitter.com/intent/follow?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fpubliclab.org%2Fhome&region=follow_link&screen_name=PublicLab&tw_p=followbutton&variant=2.0) for the most up-to-date community news and events. For the most up to date information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019. -The Public Lab Kits Team --- Public Lab works to "level the data playing field,” making it possible for people to issue rigorously collected, high-quality, local environmental datasets for use alongside government data for verification and advocacy. We do this by building curriculum, hardware, and software; providing space for research and development; and bringing tools to maturity, making them field ready. **The Kits Initiative is part of this effort.** The Kits Initiative creates, assembles, and distributes kits from the open research designs of the Public Lab community to foster and develop the reach of open, accessible science, by **placing tools in the hands of those that need them**. The main goal of the program is to support the scaling up of development and production of kits to enable thousands more people to produce their own environmental data and continue to shape these technologies. The Kits Initiative helps distribute our community's kits around the world through the Public Lab Store, where revenue directly supports the Public Lab nonprofit: Visit the Public Lab Store site   or see Methods on this site Schools, teachers, and institutions can contact kits@publiclab.org for details on reduced shipping costs and bulk orders. **** ## Community Kits Our **Community Kits** program is designed to support the creation of new tools, kits and resources by inviting designers, developers, researchers, tinkerers, community organizers, inventors (and anyone else who is interested) to consider working with the [Public Lab Kits Initiative](https://publiclab.org/wiki/kits) to develop, produce and distribute your open source research tools! Over the next few months we'll be working with a handful of people to source new **affordable, DIY, open source environmental monitoring kits** in our store: expanding resources and opportunities to help people get involved with community science. We have built the infrastructure to help connect environmental research kits to communities who need them, and we'd love to partner with you to help put tools in the hands of even more people. > [Read more about our Community Kits program here](/notes/bronwen/12-06-2017/develop-community-kits-with-public-lab) > Read [what you need to participate here](/notes/bronwen/02-02-2018/community-kits-prerequisites-checklist) Working through the open process allows for helpful feedback, quick design iteration, and sharing of ideas. Additionally, incubating with us provides access to the Public Lab brand, customer base, and production/distribution infrastructure. Public Lab Kits Initiative staff provide necessary support for kit distribution, including promotion of the tool in our online store, organizing payments, and shipping. ## Questions about Community Kits [questions:community-kits] Through our hosting program, we seek to help develop new and novel kits, guides, and curriculum to engage over 10,000 participants in production of their own civic data. In doing so, we seek to add to a growing catalog of innovative tools, with an ever-broadening reach and accessibility. **** ## General Kits Questions About sourcing, troubleshooting, etc! [questions:kits] **** [![IMG_20170610_174338_397.jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/022/827/large/IMG_20170610_174338_397.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/022/827/original/IMG_20170610_174338_397.jpg) ## Prototyping kits Prototyping Kits offered by the Public Lab Kits Initiative are in-development kits which we send out for people to help prototype and experiment with, in order to refine and improve. These help support the development of new techniques for monitoring environmental problems. We call these **Prototyping Kits** and they come with a list of challenges and problems to solve. [Read more about Prototyping Kits](/prototyping-kits) **** ## History Since 2012 Public Lab has been developing low cost, open source and user-modifiable kits. By providing low cost accessible kits to the public, we seek to support a growing number of communities in creating a collaborative network of practitioners generating knowledge and data about environmental health. Since 2013 Public Lab kits have been shipped to over 71 different countries and connected thousands of community members. **** ### Contact us The Public Lab Kits Initiative is a part of the [Public Lab Nonprofit](/about) which distributes open hardware kits to support the Public Lab community. The Kits Initiative is based out of Public Lab's Providence, Rhode Island office. To reach the Kits Initiative team, email kits@publiclab.org. For help with orders placed, please email shipping@publiclab.org or call us between 9am and 5pm EST at 503-902-5874 **** ## Kits resources In the spirit of open source, here are a lot of the docs and files we use for the everyday running of the Kits initiative: * [Kits Docs](/wiki/kits-docs) * [Kits Artwork](/wiki/kits-artwork) ...


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zengirl2 "I'm liking this a lot. I might want to try these for my experiment as I think snipping copper is hazardous LOL. Also, this could make an interestin..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Actually they are the same filters as come with the NOIR camera! Raspberry Pi worked with us to develop the filter options from our original filter..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "I was looking for some pre-cut smaller pieces of copper in standard sizes, in part to avoid the warping that cutting big sheets with shears can cau..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Bronwen "Ah ha! Let's also have some: Tyvek tape or 3M construction tape Kite line and swivels. Well illustrated andbook including different kinds of kite s..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Bronwen "The Public Lab store has these back in stock as of 12/17! These can be challenging to get a hold of, but we buy them when we can from a place calle..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Bronwen "Hi Ruya- Of course! You can purchase items from our store (currency will convert automatically) and we will ship them internationally. Thanks! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Great notes on choosing different copper pipes (apparently there's red copper and blue copper?) by @sara on this post: https://publiclab.org/notes..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "We're hoping to get into this via our newly announced Community Kits program!!! https://publiclab.org/notes/bronwen/12-06-2017/develop-community-ki..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "Looks like it retails for about $2,500. Here is the description and manual for it: http://metone.com/indoor-controlled-environments/controlled-envi..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Ah! do you have a link and price for this? I'd be interested in whether there is online support material and/or trainings, or even youtube videos o..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "One example would be an air monitor like HW Metone GT 321 Particle Counter. I know one of our community members is using this for readings. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "We are exploring doing this at Public Lab, in coordination with our Kits Initiative, but many expensive tools or pieces of equipment require even m..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "I'm not sure of any right now, but this would be a good question for the upcoming OpenHour on Data Loggers for Environmental Monitoring! It's going..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Bronwen "Yes! We have extras, and we can follow up with you after the weekend. Thanks for your patience! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "And sorry for the slow response! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi! If you contact kits@publiclab.org, we can troubleshoot! Thanks! @bronwen @asnow - shorted USB cables, do we have extras? " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "There's some guidance and troubleshooting help here! https://publiclab.org/wiki/spectral-workbench-usage#Webcam+selection " | Read more » over 6 years ago
RPiach "How do i get my computer to recognize my public lab spectrometer? I tried firefox, chrome and expolorer. I am using Windows 10 " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "I love this page on the CLEAR website, posted by @maxliboiron: https://civiclaboratory.nl/2017/04/26/clear-guidelines-for-designing-equitable-scie..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "I think they're 4 inches, not 5 -- sorry for the slow response! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi, please contact kits@publiclab.org if you have a defective part! We're back up and running now and would love to get you a working camera, thanks. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
robotfarms "Thanks, I just ordered a pack. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
williampasco "Creo que del tamaño de un smartphone de 5 pulgadas, está buena esa máquina envía noticias de eso estoy interesado mucho en el control de hierbas. P..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Via @wmacfarl: 36" Round Circle Foil Mylar Balloon Citrine Yellow Product Code: 12684 Qty: 20 @ $0.99 = $19.80 At http://bargainballoons.com " | Read more » over 6 years ago