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Much of the Public Lab community's discussion and collaboration happens on our mailing lists. Join one today to get involved, ask a question, or find a collaborator!

publiclaboratory - the main place for discussions, ideas & news; if in doubt, post here!

(since 2010, now >7,000 members)
laboratoriopublico - la lista de correo en castellano
(since 2010)
Public Lab - Português - lista de discussão em português
(since 2014)
Public Lab China Use the WeChat app to scan this barcode and join the group:


Discussions and questions about tools, hardware and software development, field techniques, real world and educational applications. If you don't see what you are interested in, visit the tags page.

grassrootsmapping - the place to discuss everything about balloon, kite, and low aerial pole-mapping. (since 2010)
plots-spectrometry - spectrometry and spectral analysis discussions. (since 2012, now >1000 members)
plots-infrared - near-infrared imaging and vegetation monitoring discussions. (since 2013)
plots-waterquality - water quality discussions, including thermal fishing, "the riffle", and the potentiostat. (started ~ Oct 13 2013)
plots-airquality - discussion list for air quality related topics. Was started for a project with EPA and is now open to all. (since summer 2012)
plots-dev - group for people interested in conceptualizing and testing new web infrastructure for Public Lab, also the location for developers discussing detailed code-related topics. (Since late October 2013)
Google Summer of Code - a logistically-oriented discussion group for Public Lab's Google Summer of Code program.
Barnraising! - for folks attending and collaborating in person at the Public Lab barnraising.

Topic lists that are currently inactive can be found here


Connect with other Public Labbers in your area, announce/coordinate local events and meetups, borrow equipment, and ask for local help.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: plots-amsterdam

Baltimore and Washington, DC: plots-baltimore-dc
Boston metro area: plots-boston ~175 members
Butte, Montana: plots-butte
Chicago metro area: public-lab-chicago Since February 2014
The Gulf Coast: plots-gulfcoast - Serving the New Orleans metro area and the entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida! Public Lab's core geographic community with over 300 members.
Jerusalem: publiclab-jerusalem
Northeast US: plots-northeast The northeastern United States.
Northern California: plots-norcal The Bay Area and beyond, ~100 members, lots of aerial mapping.
Los Angeles metro area: publiclab-la - Serving Los Angeles & Southern California, formed in January 2014.
Midwest, US/Canada: publiclab-midwest - midwestern region of United States and Canada, since April 2014
Mountain West, US/Canada: publiclab-mountainwest - September, 2016.
New York City metro area: plots-nyc >200 members. Includes New Jersey, Connecticut!
Philadelphia metro area: plots-philadelphia
Providence, Rhode Island: plots-providence
Skane, Sweden: plots-skane
Southeast, US: plots-southeast - broad regional list for Appalachia & down east.
Vancouver, BC: public-lab-vancouver

The Northwest: public-lab-northwest - Serving Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta

Don't see your area listed here but want to find out if there are any folks nearby? Email

Working Groups

Working Groups (WGs) preform vital support functions for the Public Lab ecosystem. Most WGs are open by nomination only, so if you are interested in con

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