Category Archives: News

Essential Info

There is, and has been, a lot going on — including published papers; grants received; and new development. We’re in the process of updating the details and documentation for all of this. Some of it is already online. Please be patient. We tend to prioritize development over publishing news updates.

Please check out some of the more important things:

  • The BETA of our new web based geo-visualization page here
  • The beta of our pending Android based Datalogger app here.
    This is being updated almost daily as we respond to feedback. Once installed it will auto-update on your phone. Some screens do not have documentation describing their purpose. Offered “as is” at the moment; a full page in the Wiki will be online shortly.
    (Suggestion: send that link to your email you use on your Android phone, then open and click. This saves you from typing.)
  • There is a Google Group for Sensorcast-users and one for Sensorcast-developers. If you are interested please join. Eventually announcements of updates to the blog and wiki will be automatically be sent to one or both of those groups.

GSW is Renamed to Sensorcast.org

We’ve been looking for a simple name for some time that is more concise than Global Sensor Web. To this end we’ve settled on Sensorcast.org. Old GlobalSensorWeb.org links should work for continue to work for some time and redirect to Sensorcast.org. The links for the API, data collection and query server are already converted over.

Developing the GSW with the LA Makerspace

The “Big” idea behind developing the Global Sensor Web (GSW) is to create a platform for citizen science whereby various research teams can quickly aggregate and analyze data, even from real time sources such as weather stations and air quality monitors.  Part of this development work now involves engaging students in helping to lay out what type of data we can capture and, more importantly, what can be done with that data once it’s captured.

This work, currently done in downtown Los Angeles at LA Makerspace, starts with a brainstorming session where some of our students have put together a table of the sensor data which can be collected from phones as well as what type of research can be done with that data.  So far we have focused heavily on using the cameras in phones as a way of monitoring cosmic-rays, but with the ability to capture and analyze large amounts of geotagged data for public research we are hoping to build a platform for future citizen science.

DECO at Citizen Science June 9th

Hello there,

Are you confused about what DECO really is? Why cosmic rays are important? Who we really are? Well then, come on over to the LA Makerspace in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, June 9th for an hour long briefing somewhere between 2pm and 5pm. We’ll be talking about the current state of the project, future goals, and funding! There will also be several other projects being presented about various science and education topics.

Tickets are $10 a person. However, if you are already a member of LA Makerspace or donated to the Kickstarter back in February, then you can come for free! We’ll also be serving snacks and refreshments. There’s free food. You really don’t have an excuse to not come.

RSVP and event information is here: http://lamcitizenscience.eventbrite.com/

P.S. Street parking can be scarce, so bring $5-$10 for lot parking.

The Sensorcast is now live

How are the projects coming along for the distributed sensor web?  Want to help out?  Check out our project wiki.

Coming Soon…

See our presentation (Android & Cosmic-Rays) at the LA SoCal Code, October 15 & 16 at USC.