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Slideshow: The Beautiful and Impactful Aerial Imagery of Grassroots Mapping

The DIY cartography movement of grassroots mapping not only creates stunning imagery, but collects important data that can make a real difference.

Want to learn more about grassroots mapping? Read this post about the burgeoning movement and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.

All images have been dedicated to the Public Domain, or used with permission by the photographers/cartographers.


Special thanks to Jeff Warren, Stewart Long, Liz Barry, Ray Cha, and all of the grassroots mappers who are building a cartographic movement that makes a difference, and for providing their images and expertise here.

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"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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