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Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 3

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Read about cutting edge techniques in hacking environmental science in 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 community.

The Grassroots Mapping Forum is printed on a two 22.75x35" sheets of acid-free paper, and includes a full color reproduction of a grassroots map along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews. It's a great way to stay abreast of the latest in the DIY environmental science movement.

Issue #3 (spring 2013)

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

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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)

Issue #2 (summer 2012)

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Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 2
  • 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!

Issue #1 (summer 2011)

Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 1

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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)

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