Public Lab Wiki documentation


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If you're interested in our ongoing effort to provide good documentation on our collaborative works, we'll be doing a website 'gardening' session on Thursday December 22, and coordinating in real-time in this public chatroom:

We'll need people who are interested in editing/proofreading pages, people who have worked on tools and can help write short tutorials or upload helpful imagery, etc.

Pitch in and help make our open source science documentation a bit more accessible!


If you're revising a tool or place page, take a look at these templates for what kind of information is relevant:


If you are part of a local PLOTS chapter, this is a good chance to get your pages up to date with the latest happenings!

  • providing good background summaries for every tool
  • offering contextual information for every place page (for local PLOTS chapters)
  • making tool pages informative and helpful for newcomers who want to try making a tool
  • offering places for people to start contributing to a project (a "where we need help" section for each project)
  • generally illustrating the work we've all done to date in a coherent way
  • move sub-tools into wiki pages, like stereo camera and telemetry kit
  • provide consistent and thorough intro and "getting involved" and "getting started" info on each tool page, maybe each place page
  • list who's "keeper" for each tool/place page?
  • open hardware licensing for tools
  • clean up pages - create a Tool page template -
    • Context, need
    • Concise desc. of tool
    • Parts and price list
    • Goals, next steps towards them
  • create formating for pages--research notes and data analysis
  • interlink related pages
  • document collaborators

  • ... add your own stuff here

Checklist for tools and places

Put your name by what you're working on, and/or delete it once it's done.

  • Thermal photography
  • Spectrometer (Jeff)
  • Near-infrared camera
  • Environmental estrogen testing

  • New York City X (liz)

  • Gulf Coast X
  • Providence
  • Somerville (jeff)
  • North Carolina X
  • Texas X
  • Santiago X
  • Sumava X
  • Butte X
  • Portland X