Jeff Warren

Co-Founder of Public Lab

Public Lab: Two Approaches To Open Source Pollution Response

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

Public Lab is a collaborative effort to do two distinct things: a) develop new, open source tools to measure pollution, and b) hold polluters accountable through grassroots data collection. This talk will discuss the challenges we’ve faced in creating a community with very diverse backgrounds around these goals, and the strategies we’ve used to keep this complex work open and participatory in the context of a few interesting open source hardware/software projects.