A community, which develops and applies open-source tools for environmental investigation.
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (or 'Public Lab' for short) is a community, which develops and applies open-source tools for environmental exploration and investigation. They aim to democratise inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself (DIY) techniques, to help practitioners re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.
The concept is in essence pretty simple, but the impact impressive. Exposing the Invisible film protagonist Hagit used resources such as Public Lab's balloon and kite mapping kit to assemble her own balloon and create aerial photography of East Jerusalem, skirting the resolution limitations of Google Earth imagery of Israel. Using cheap, everyday materials such as a point-and-shoot camera, a weather balloon, string, rubber bands and plastic bottles, kite mapping can produce time sensitive, high resolution imagery from all sorts of locations - allowing for an alternative, community-based definition of a territory.
First published on October 14, 2015
Last updated on July 30, 2020