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Public Lab organizers

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Public Lab organizers are community members that are leaders in the Public Lab community, and have an interest in the way our community collaborates and grows. Typically but not exclusively, these are people who are both key organizers in their local communities as well as key contributors to the broader Public Lab community through work on things such as the website and communications. Organizers often host events or moderate discussion lists, and help shepherd the Public Lab community in other ways. The organizers list is always expanding; anyone can be nominated or nominate themselves, see below for process.

Contact Public Lab organizers to add events to the /events calendar.

The Public Lab organizers list is an email list for this group. It serves to connect organizers with each other and enable collaboration on overarching initiatives such as #SpectralChallenge and barnstars. Typical emails are about upcoming events (sometimes there are speaking/workshop/travel opportunities), authoring articles/book chapters/op-eds, strategies for organizing, and other topics related to broad Public Lab community development rather than simply research (which is discussed on the main Public Lab list).

The Public Lab organizers call is weekly on Thursdays. The time alternates between 9:20PST/11:20CST/12:20EST and 4:00PST/6:00CST/7:00EST. The calls last about 35 minutes. If you are an organizer, to join, please add Public.Lab on Skype and add your Skype name to the Google Doc.

Criteria (open to revision):

  • a nomination (person nominating provides statement about why they are nominating) and 2 supporting nominations (i.e. an existing member nominates someone and 2 others would say “i second that” and “i third that”)
  • self-nomination (a short statement about your work and the mission statement) + 2 supporting nominations
  • other ideas?

Current Nominations

Please list your name if you are nominating and if you are providing a supporting nomination, list your name as well:

  • Natasia Sidarta (nominated by Liz)

    • Natasia has served as the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's GLAM (Gowanus Low Altitude Mapping) project manager since October 2012. She holds undergraduate degrees in conservation biology and ecology. Her interest in mapping / GIS grew out of field research experience in Borneo, where she worked on orangutan conservation through mapping seasonal variations in their feeding ranges. Broadly, she is interested in using maps as a platform for education, raising awareness, and working toward environmental justice. She has roots in Philadelphia.
  • Example nominee name (second,third here)

    • Nomination text here

(To view old nominations, see


Formative research note on this topic: