Participatory Mapping - also called community-based mapping - is a term used to define a set of approaches and techniques that combine the tools of modern cartography with participatory methods to represent the spatial knowledge of local communities (mappingforrights.org).
Participatory mapping can educate and engage local people and represent a socially or culturally distinct understanding of landscape. Maps created in this way have been useful in crisis response to natural or humanitarian disasters.
- Blight Status
Crowdsourcing to address urban blight in New Orleans.
- Digital Globe
DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time.
- Aboriginal Mapping Network
Established in 1998 in Canada to build knowledge, skill, and resources, this organization now supports aboriginal and indigenous peoples worldwide with issues such as land claims, treaty negotiations and resource development using tools that include traditional use studies, GIS mapping and other information systems.
- ERMIS Africa
Based in Kenya, works with local communities, indigenous peoples and schools to promote environmental conservation and management. Mapping is one of many tools and strategies.