The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science describes itself as "a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment".
It was initiated by social movement activists and researchers, scientists & educators and encourages people to participate through an online platform and research & learning. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science is local and transnational in orientation and concerned with environment & sustainability, neighbourhood & community, and research, knowledge production & information access.
It was launched in 2010 and is ongoing.