I am pretty excited about the possibilities of Open Access in soil science, and this is a great example of why!
The DIY Lab Spec
The idea of using cameras and camera phones in spectral work has been around for awhile. The problem has been in the coarse-ness of the measurement; the cameras and calibration are too wide for any really accurate or precise measurements. But this has the potential to break that barrier! With the crowd-sourcing of data, calibration can become more and more refined. And camera lenses are getting more and more amazing, only helping to improve the precision and accuracy of the technique.
Technology + crowd sourcing + open access = amazing possibilities!
* Use from unis to developing countries to backyards!
* Farmers can test thier own soil
* Great educational tool!
* Massive data bank of open access soil data
An affordable tool that can then be used to collect data for other projects as well, reducing costs of on field experiments and data analysis. Yep! Crowd source soil data!
Wow! I can't wait for mine to arrive so I can start playing with it and adding to the data bank.