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Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 3

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We've just launched the third regular subscription issue of the "Grassroots Mapping Forum", our community research journal/archive/zine/map, where we hope to share ideas, techniques, and stories from the Public Lab and Grassroots Mapping community. (For those of you who don't know, we are a community of activist cartographers who use DIY tools for civic science -- we take aerial photos using kites and balloons of things like the BP oil spill.)

Issue 3 is an in depth look at community organizing in the Public Lab community. Download a copy here

The Grassroots Mapping Forum is printed on a two 22.75x35" sheets of acid-free paper folded down to just over letter size, and includes a full color reproduction of a grassroots map along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews on the reverse.

If you're interested in supporting our work, consider buying 3 or 4 and giving them to your friends.

Issue #3 (spring 2013)

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  • A full color, wall-ready map of UC Davis during the Occupy protests with notes from the cartographer and mappers
  • An interview with citizen scientist organizer Cindy Regalado (Shannon Dosemagen)
  • Protest Mapping (Oscar Brett)
  • Organizing Public Lab (Shannon Dosemagen)
  • Open Sourcing Jerusalem? (Hagit Keysar)
  • Barnstars! (Liz Barry)
  • Civic and Citizen Science: the Cocodrie Barnraising heats up (dialog from the Public Lab 2012 Barnraising)
Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 2

Issue #2 (summer 2012)

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  • A full color wall-ready map the Chandeleur Islands with notes from the ground and bios of the mappers.
  • UAS Ethics: A dialogue on Unpiloted Aerial System (drone) ethics between privacy lawyers, drone developers, and balloon-loving grassroots mappers. (ed. Mathew Lippincott, including Amie Stepanovich and Coby Leuschke)
  • DIY Near-Infrared Imaging (Chris Fastie and Jeff Warren)
  • An interview with Scott Eustis of the Gulf Restoration Network (Shannon Dosemagen)
  • Quick, fun activities you can do to get involved in Grassroots Mapping!
Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 1

Issue #1 (summer 2011)

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  • 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)

Planning Grassroots Mapping Forum

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@publiclaboratory.org.