Grassroots Mapping is a series of participatory mapping projects involving communities in cartographic dispute. Seeking to invert the traditional power structure of cartography, the grassroots mappers used helium balloons and kites to loft their own “community satellites” made with inexpensive digital cameras.

GrassrootsMapping featured in “Digital Cartography” video

February 1st, 2010 by Jeffrey Warren

Andrew Ellis and Alexander Wang of the Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design created this short video which has some great footage of balloon flights and some bits of me talking about Grassroots Mapping.

Digital Cartography from on Vimeo.

2 Responses to “GrassrootsMapping featured in “Digital Cartography” video”

  1. Giacomo Says:

    Hello you should join our discussion group (1600 members) dealing with participatory mapping. You are most welcome. Keep on with your excellent work. You can register via . By the way I have embedded your video on my blog

    All the best


  2. Seth Hunter Says:

    I like the way this ties dietmar’s notion of relating data in a spacial manner as an act of map making – both of you talking about it in a more participatory context.

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