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Community Science Forum



We are renaming our publication to include a wider range of scientific activities. Grassroots Mapping Forum is now the Community Science Forum.

Read about cutting edge techniques in hacking environmental science in our "Community Science Forum", our community research journal/archive/zine/map, where we share ideas, techniques, and stories from the Public Lab community.

The Community Science Forum is printed on a 22.75x35" sheet of acid-free paper, and includes a full color reproduction of our projects along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews. It's a great way to stay abreast of the latest in the DIY environmental science movement.

_cover image from Where Do the Maps Go? by Hagit Keysar. Issue 5 focused on highlighting the Public Lab community around the world.

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Issue #11 Frac Sand (Spring 2016)

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What happens when the mining stops? Focus on Reclamation by Gretchen Gehrke, Mathew Lippincott and Cheryl Miller

History of Community Air Monitoring in Western Wisconsin by Mathew Lippincott

Airborne Silica and Regulations by Gretchen Gehrke

Interview with Pat Popple by Stevie Lewis

Visual Reporting on Air Quality: EPA Method 9 by Stevie Lewis

Using Photographs in Fighting Mining Companies by Forest Jahnke, Crawford Stewardship Project

Local Knowledge and Aerial Imagery by Mary Kenosian

Documenting Runoff with Photography by Gretchen Gehrke


Issue #10 DIY Oil Testing (Winter 2016)

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Announcing Spectral Workbench 2 by Jeffrey Warren

DIY Oil Testing by Jeffrey Warren , Stevie Lewis and Gretchen Gehrke

Using the Oil Testing Kit with Gulf Coast Communities by Stevie Lewis

DIY Oil Testing Narratives by Ann Chen

Oil Sheen Testing by Matej Vakula

Spectometer Intensity Calibration by Yagiz Sutcu

Collecting Oil Sheen on Newtown Creek, Dutch Kills, Queens, NY by Matej Vakula and nameiswillis


Issue #9 Land Management Issue (Oct 2015)

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Gardening Toolkit Case Study

Photo Monitoring Plugin for NDVI Using Image J by Ned Horning

FarmHack by Dorn Cox and Severine von Tscharner Fleming

PhotoSynq by Greg Austic

Planet Leafiest (Nighthawk Panorama and Return to Planet LEAFFEST) by Chris Fastie


Issue #8 The Urban Waters Issue (July 2015)

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About the Urban Waters Project

An Ode to Maps by Diana Di Leonardo

By Molly Gordon

By Amy LeGaux

Announcing Mapknitter 2.0 by the Web Working Group


Issue #7 The 5 Year Anniversary Issue (May 2015)

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Public Lab Five Year Retrospective by Shannon Dosemagen

How to Get Involved with Public Lab illustrated by Molly Danielsson

A History of Crediting Hardware Contributions by Mathew Lippincott

Coder Crisis: Attracting Software Developers to Public Lab by Justin Manley, Bryan Bonvallet, Jeff Warren, and Molly Danielsson


Issue #6 The Waste Issue (Q3 2014)

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Issue 6 explores trash in all its many forms.

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Download the centerfold featuring an activity for estimating the volume of your local landfill


Issue #5 The International Issue (Q2 2014)

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Issue 5 is focused on highlighting the Public Lab community around the world. It's also our first edition printed in color.

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Download a PDF copy of the Map of Silwan


Issue #4 (fall 2013)

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Issue 4 is focused on long term research in the New York City chapter.

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Issue #3 (spring 2013)

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Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 3 text

Issue 3 is an in depth look at community organizing in the Public Lab community.

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Issue #2 (summer 2012)

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Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 2

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Issue #1 (summer 2011)

Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 1

Sold out!

  • A full color wall-ready map of an island in Barataria Bay showing oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • An interview with Gulf Coast resident Barbara Marcotte (Shannon Dosemagen
  • Details on how to get started balloon or kite mapping (Jeff Warren)
  • Reimagining the data lifecycle by Shannon Dosemagen and Jeff Warren

Pre-press version (not the final edition which went to press): gmf-1-prepress-small.pdf


Get involved

Learn about and get involved in writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and distributing the forum on the forum planning page.

Using Content from Grassroots Mapping Forum

The Forum is a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licensed document. If you'd like to use content from it, go ahead! Mathew can provide high-res artwork and original files if those are helpful to you, just send an e-mail to mathew@publiclab.org. GM_Forum_20131025_Page_2.jpg


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