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.

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Helium high: balloon mapping in the Philippines

January 25th, 2012 by maning

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Today, we had a balloon mapping experiment. For a very brief airtime, we got some really impressive images.

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