Public Laboratory of Technology and Science

What is Public Lab?

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) is a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible “Do-It-Yourself” techniques, Public Laboratory creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

The core PLOTS program is focused on “civic science” in which we research open source hardware and software tools and methods to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health. Our goal is to increase the ability of underserved communities to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness and accountability around environmental concerns. PLOTS achieves this by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally-relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding.

Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) was co-founded by SSEHI faculty member Sara Wylie. Working to foster Public Lab’s development Wylie’s research contributes to Public Lab projects. Also working actively with the Boston area Public Lab chapter, the Institute hosts and enables Public Lab events and research on campus and with Boston area communities and organizations.

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