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Public Participatory Mapping

Resources to assist in creating community-based or citizen mapping. While it goes under several names, it is the capacity for a group of persons who are not associated with a school or government agency to create their own set of spatial information.

Sources of Data

The data used for any map depends upon the purpose of the map. While many maps will display information unique to that map, there are some sources of more general information that can be found through the sources indicated on this page.

The Quick & Dirty Sources

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Creating your own data

You can generate your own data using sources such as online YellowPages, GPS or smart phones, and crowdsourced list that are then georeferenced. Below are sites and articles that help with these.