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Grassroots Mapping (Graduated)

Grassroots Mapping is a series of participatory mapping projects involving communities in cartographic dispute. It helps citizens use balloons, kites, and other simple and inexpensive tools to produce their own aerial imagery.

How might communities use it?
The project builds a global community of mappers who are engaged in civic issues with low-cost mapping tools like balloons, kites, and remote-control airplanes. The imagery they create, assemble, and share can be used in any cartographic dispute where traditional aerial or satellite imagery is lacking.

Grassroots Mapping has already been deployed to map the Gulf oil spill to support future legal action on behalf of fisherman, as well as in Lima, Peru, where for the first time some residents are able to identify and get property title for their property.

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