Knight Foundation donations made to The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 350,000 288,667 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000
Technology, Journalism 1 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Technology 2 350,000 425,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology (filter this donor) 2 850,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 16,000.00
Total 3 866,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
350,000.002--Technology Grant period: 01/14/2014 - 08/13/2015; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To build Homebrew Sensing Project, a set of low-cost hardware and free software tools community members can use to measure local health data, such as air and water quality. Communities are increasingly concerned about the array of hazardous chemicals that surrounds us - from formaldehyde in building materials to fumes from industrial sites - and their long and short term health impacts. To address this problem, the Public Laboratory wants to provide more low-cost chemical analysis tools, including simple devices that can be plugged into smartphones and laptops, so residents can measure the effects themselves instead of relying on costly labs. With its community of over 3,500 active members, Public Lab raised $110,000 in 2012 through Kickstarter to use DIY spectrometry tools to identify petroleum in sediments in coastal Louisiana and monitor emissions from oil refineries, among other projects. Challenge funding will allow the lab’s Homebrew Sensing Project to not only expand but improve its hardware, software and interface with citizens to collect data that empowers communities.
500,000.001--Technology Grant period: 06/23/2011 - 06/22/2014; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To make technology work for communities by creating a tool kit and online community for citizen-based, grassroots data gathering and research. To make technology work for communities, the Public Laboratory will create a tool kit and online community for citizen-based, grassroots data gathering and research. The Lab is an expansion of Grassroots Mapping – a project originated at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. During the project, residents used helium-filled balloons and digital cameras to generate high-resolution “satellite” maps gauging the extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – at a time when there was little public information on the subject. Expanding the tool kit beyond aerial mapping, Public Laboratory will work with communities, both online and offline, to produce information about their surroundings.
16,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To support the results of Public Lab's Kickstarter campaign for Infragram, a cheap, DIY near-infrared camera for use in data collection such as monitoring vegetation health.