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The Grassroots Mapping Forum

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To join us in planning future issues, please go to Planning Grassroots Mapping Forum

We've just launched the first issue of the "Grassroots Mapping Forum", our new community research journal/archive/zine/map, where we hope to share ideas, techniques, and stories from the 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.)

The Grassroots Mapping Forum is printed on a single 22.75x35" newsprint sheet, 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.

We imagine the Forum as a two-way publication- the full-color map is complemented by a cyan-colored map on the reverse side, ready to be marked up with new details about the site, mailed back to the Public Laboratory team, digitized, and included in the online map. This is community cartography, and we look forward to working with you!

Order a copy of the first issue:

Buy Issue 1 of the Grassroots Mapping Forum

Your full-price purchase subsidizes free and discounted distributions to Gulf Coast residents and selected libraries, community organizations, and residents of the Plaquemines Parish area; email team@publiclaboratory.org for details on free and discounted copies.

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

The first issue of the Grassoots Mapping Forum was sponsored by DevelopmentSeed, creators of MapBox, and we are looking for sponsors for future maps. If you're interested, please get in touch.