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Wilkinson Bay poster draft

Planning page for our poster series

This project is being led by Jeff Warren

The current status is: laying out and revising the map design and talking to printers


  • Are we going to mention the LABB in the text? or add any other logos of supporting organizations?
  • i was reading "...find out more at" and wondering about changing it to: "...get m involved at"
  • Do we need to cite the source of the background imagery?
  • there should be two scales, one in meters and one in feet, with each one giving the equivalence in meters, to allow for easy measurement in either set of units and easy conversions
  • regional overview map from Dev. Seed clear map style?
  • attribute overview map, background reference map (NAPP?)
  • lay out reverse with new size
  • get local description and mappers' names
  • add full-resolution original image (using low-res version for now)
  • distribution plan (didn't liz volunteer)? -- libraries...


  • Isn't this Wilkinson Bay? To connect it to PS- could add Plaquemines Parish
  • Also, with the request for people to map other things- can we mention things outside just environmental effects- such as health, how people use the area (ie what the fish there), etc.
  • Most people here use the degree system for coordinates- can we add that as well?
  • Can we add an email address that it can get sent to as an alternative to the publiclaboratory page in case there are issues with the upload form?
  • And if people don't mind, I think its always good to have a contact phone number that people can call that connects them to someone. since this is the area I work in, I'm happy using mine for these maps since we dont have a central number- but when are we printing? My number is changing in the next week or so.


  • Inconcise date reference: ten months since when? In the body of the text, change the writing to include a date in this sentence: We in the Grassroots Mapping community, started as a project at MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media, have spent the last ten months gathering our own data...
  • Overall, I love the map, the idea, and the text, but this text was originally written for a NYTimes OpEd and re-purposed here, right? Although I love it, I think it is bordering on esoteric for the potential map user in the field. It certainly isn't doing any harm there on the map, but if you print it here, you probably can't submit it anywhere else.


  • the print is going all the way to the edges of the paper- we can have a full bleed but I think titles and the like should be pulled in 1/2" from the sides- looks like they're a little shy of that.
  • can we add a scale in feet as well? it will make the map more accessible to americans.
  • didn't we agree to do the compass showing all directions, not just North?


  • The Public Laboratories logo seems disassociated at lower left, making it both less clear and more heavy-handed.
  • Could we combine both text boxes, and if need be, have the scale and north arrow in white in the lower right hand corner? Or maybe just emphasize Public Laboratory in the description text?