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The creator of and co-founder and Research Director for the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.

He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the board of alternative education program Parts and Crafts in Somerville MA, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media's WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on open source tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.

Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit


DIY Formaldehyde Test Photo Card

by warren about 15 hours ago | 2 | 86 views | 0

@nshapiro and I are working on a card upon which you can place a colorimetric tube for detecting ...

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Public Lab talk at LibrePlanet 2015: Two Public Labs, and a call for developers

by warren 8 days ago | 2 | 283 views | 2

I gave a 10 minute lightning talk at LibrePlanet 2015 this past Saturday, where I discussed the i...

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Automatic placement of images in MapKnitter using GPS metadata

by warren 12 days ago | 6 | 263 views | 2

After a long wait, I've finally integrated @xvidun's feature of automatically placing images on a...

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Standardizing open source hardware publication practices with contributors.json

by warren about 1 month ago | 11 | 326 views | 0

Alicia Gibb of OSHWA and I (I'm on their board) cooked up the idea, chatting a few months ago, of...

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Tutorial video: Installing MapKnitter 2

by warren about 1 month ago | 0 | 334 views | 1

To learn to install MapKnitter yourself, check out this video I just made: Enjoy! 12 minutes,...

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Announcing MapKnitter 2.0

by warren about 1 month ago | 1 | 2,951 views | 3

Hello, mapmakers! The Web Working Group has just launched the final version of MapKnitter 2, int...

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MapKnitter 2: Test Edition

by warren about 1 month ago | 0 | 707 views | 1

Hello, mapmakers! The Web Working Group has set up a testing version of MapKnitter 2, integratin...

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Planning for Spectral Workbench 2.0

by warren about 1 month ago | 18 | 671 views | 4

Hello Spectral Workbench community! Do you wish you could do more with Spectral Workbench? Do y...

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2015 Web Working Group report

by warren 3 months ago | 0 | 414 views | 1

Overview This quarter, we moved all major services into Rackspace hosting, taking full advantage...

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Dreaming of sensitive friends

by warren 4 months ago | 1 | 554 views | 5

I took these portraits in a session at the open water workshop at Propeller, in New Orleans, toni...

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Table for choosing monitoring tools

by warren 5 months ago | 0 | 453 views | 2

What I want to do I spoke with Carl from the EPA at the Engadget Expand conference last Saturday...

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CFL detection by contrast, for auto-calibration

by warren 5 months ago | 0 | 808 views | 0

What I want to do I was thinking we might be able to do a crude but very fast CFL detection by m...

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Spectral Workbench previewing and clipping warnings

by warren 5 months ago | 1 | 1,950 views | 2

Just a quick update here - I added a webcam preview to the capture interface (see above) as well ...

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Quantifying reflector brightness assistance

by warren 5 months ago | 1 | 641 views | 1

What I want to do At the New Orleans oil testing meetup, started using reflective foil mylar (li...

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Oil fluorescence scanning on an Ocean Optics spectrometer

by warren 6 months ago | 2 | 1,048 views | 1

What I want to do At LEAFFEST 2014, Mary, Luisa, and others reproduced the kind of fluorescence ...

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Better smoothing and equalizing graph height for comparison of oil spectra

by warren 6 months ago | 2 | 1,296 views | 1

What I want to do Based on the difficulties @mathew highlighted in his research note yesterday, ...

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Coqui draft board design on Upverter

by warren 7 months ago | 6 | 676 views | 0

What I want to do Make a simple through-hole Printed Circuit Board for the Coqui <$5 water co...

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Riffle Coqui hot/cold tapwater test

by warren 7 months ago | 3 | 714 views | 1

What I want to do Some people don't drink water from the hot tap, because its sat in pipes and h...

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Webcam brightness testing for Oil Testing Kit

by warren 7 months ago | 7 | 583 views | 2

What I want to do We've had trouble getting bright enough spectra in the Oil Testing Kit with th...

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Odyssey magazine piece on Balloon Mapping

by warren 7 months ago | 1 | 728 views | 3

Odyssey Magazine is a kids science magazine, and they ran a whole issue on remote sensing recentl...

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Ultra micro cuvette tests, UV LED and low-temperature fluorescence

by warren 7 months ago | 1 | 1,966 views | 0

What I want to do Just posting a variety of small tests I've done over the past few days, based ...

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Continued literature review for the Oil Testing Kit

by warren 8 months ago | 4 | 837 views | 2

What I want to do I've been reading and annotating a collection of formal research papers on flu...

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Sample container search

by warren 8 months ago | 12 | 946 views | 0

What I want to do The square glass bottles we've used for fluorescence spectroscopy are sold out...

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Increasing brightness of fluorescence spectra

by warren 8 months ago | 7 | 659 views | 0

What I want to do We had some trouble at the recent oil testing kit meetup in New Orleans in get...

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Survey of different kinds of fluorescence spectrometry, optimizing intensity

by warren 8 months ago | 13 | 1,519 views | 1

Jargon Learning more about different types of fluorescence spectroscopy -- a common type for oil...

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Visible-range fluorescence fingerprinting of heating and motor oil

by warren 8 months ago | 1 | 673 views | 1

I forwarded this 1992 article, "Fingerprinting petroleum contamination using synchronous scanning...

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Canon SD4000IS as Infragram

by warren 8 months ago | 9 | 814 views | 1

What I want to do We'd struggled a year ago to get a CMOS-sensor based Canon SD4000IS working as...

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Equalizing area of spectral graphs for comparison

by warren 8 months ago | 0 | 599 views | 2

What I want to do During the development of testing techniques with spectrometers in the Public ...

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Recent improvements to

by warren 9 months ago | 0 | 596 views | 4

Overview The past few months have been focused on intense coding, optimization, and feature refi...

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Infragram kite mapping at Fab10 Barcelona

by warren 9 months ago | 12 | 1,190 views | 0

I held two workshops at Fab 10 ( where we launched an Infragram Point & Shoo...

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