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*This series is on hiatus, while I get ready for GIS Day 2017.

Learning the basics of GIS is a great way to connect with your community. Even as a hobby, you can help those around you with simple data sets using local information.

Grassroots Mapping is a digital, interactive booklet series about independent geospatial project development.

Topics range from introductory tutorials, to the more detailed design work behind maps, applications and organization needed for projects to function.


This project is a five-month, weekly series spanning from August to December 2017. I do all of the script writing, typesetting and graphic design; alongside varied multimedia work. I also receive occasional editing help from volunteers.

The series hopes to show how you can display GIS learning in a creative way, and is a personal challenge in project management. It has also given me the opportunity to experiment with graphic work, Creative Commons imagery and video.

The interactive element of these issues can make some functionality time sensitive. Earlier posts may have outdated links to tutorial material.

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To view the issue log, scroll to the top of this page and use the navigation bar, or the index icon if you're on mobile. Click Grassroots Mapping and you'll be given a list of all available issues. They're all free to download and distribute.

You can also listen to the interview I had with VerySpatial, where we talked about this series, creative GIS, and how we can tell narratives through mapping.