I hope this finds you well. Today I’m writing with the first of many newsletters that you’ll receive on this mailing list. In each monthly edition, we’ll provide updates about M-Lab such as changes to our platform and pipeline, data schemas, community tools, best practice analyses, community case studies, documentation and guides, and more. Ultimately, our goal is to communicate with you on a more regular basis, so we encourage you to reply with any questions or comments that come to mind. Additionally, as part of our efforts to communicate more effectively, we’ve established a lightweight set of community guidelines that we ask participants to keep in mind as you engage here and on any other M-Lab hosted forum. If there is anything you’d like to see in these newsletters, please do let me know. And without further ado!
We recently published two new blog posts.
Using M-Lab data in Broadband Advocacy and Policy was written as a guide for researchers, policy makers, governing bodies, advocacy groups, or anyone who wants to understand M-Lab data and how it compares to other internet measurement data sets. We plan to continue to develop these recommendations for appropriate use of our data in analyses and reports.
Requiring access tokens for ndt7 announces the requirement for NDT client integrations to use access tokens that are issued by the Locate v2 API. These requirements are relevant to anyone supporting an NDT integration. The latest versions of the ndt7-js, ndt7-client-go, and ndt7-client-android already support the Locate v2 API natively. Update to the latest version and you’re done!
In our December 2020 community calls, we announced the development of a pipeline to ease the use of aggregate NDT statistics into third party applications. We have soft launched the pipeline to a group of early testers and plan to release to the public in the next quarter. If you are interested in early testing, please let us know.
Project Director Lai Yi Ohlsen recently presented at NTIA’s February 2021 Webinar: Data as the Foundation for Broadband Planning, alongside Karen Perry, Senior Policy Analyst for BroadbandUSA and Bryan Darr, Vice President of Smart Communities at Ookla. The recording, presentation slides, and webinar transcript are available and are good resources for folks who want to learn or educate others more about the use of data in Broadband Planning.
Community Call Schedule
In 2020, we began hosting regular community calls where we discussed topics related to the M-Lab project and its related research topics. Here is the schedule for this year’s calls and the form to RSVP.