How are citizen scientists using open hardware to make groundbreaking discoveries?

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Caren Cooper

Caren Cooper

Associate Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Caren Cooper is an associate professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources and member of the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science at North Carolina State University. She is an advocate for citizen science and open science, and has written a book on these subjects. Caren is also the director of research partnerships at SciStarter, which connects people to citizen science projects, other citizen scientists, and resources.

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Public Lab

Public Lab


Public Lab is a network of environmental advocates—including organizers, researchers, technologists, and educators—working to provide low-cost, open hardware tools for monitoring communities' air, water, and land quality.

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Open source solution

AirCasting is an end-to-end open source solution for collecting, displaying, and sharing health and environmental data using smartphones.

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Community-based organization

UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood. Founded in 1966, it is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization.

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Co.Lab light sensing kit

Build a light sensor

Explore how breadboards work, experiment with simple circuits, and build a light sensor of your own with this Co.Lab kit.

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Because we had to

A mammoth laser cutter. An Arduino development kit. A hackerspace. Three women making art with open hardware.

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Opening the Loop: Autonomy, Access, and Insulin

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Opening the Loop: Autonomy, Access, and Insulin

When diabetics and caregivers needed a better way to manage the illness, they created one―with open source. This is their story.

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Cracking the Textbook image

At community colleges and universities alike, costly textbooks burden students. Meet the people creating an open alternative.

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Open Source Stories, an original series from Red Hat, celebrates the innovators who bring the power of open source to everything people do.

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We're committed to the open source way

Learn more about open source. Understand our community-to-enterprise development model. Discover The Open Organization.

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