Maps open data from balloon and kite photography (315 and counting)


Do-It-Yourself "satellite" imagery

These maps were largely made by taking photos from balloons and kites, a technique adopted and refined by Public Lab contributors. Make one yourself and it can be featured here.


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A grassroots data archive

This archive represents the collective work of our community to provide an alternative source for aerial imagery, and to highlight issues of environmental and social concern with Do-It-Yourself tools. The archive provides:

  • A permanent, backed up archive
  • A place to advocate around your data
  • A space to discuss and understand the maps

How to contribute

Most of the maps in this archive were made in MapKnitter, a free and open source tool created by Public Lab contributors to turn aerial photos into maps.

To add your open source map to the archive, contact stewart@publiclaboratory.org and be prepared to provide some background and to tell the story of your map. Creative Commons and Public Domain maps are both accepted.

Gowanus Canal June 2013. Brooklyn, New York.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Images from the northern reach of the Gowanus Canal taken on June 8th, 2013. Vegetation and water...


Sarnen. Sarnen, Switzerland.

by | 12 months ago | 0 | 0

high altitude weather balloon map


Consegi 2013. Esaf, Lago Sul, Brasília - Federal District, Brazil.

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Consegi 2013 aerial flight


Karnataka Tower View. Bangalore, India.

by | almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0

The view from above the public utility bulding towers



Barataria Site BH3. Barataria, Louisiana

by | 3 months ago | 0 | 1

wetlands monitoring site BH3


Arnold Arboretum. Boston, Massachusetts

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Bussey Street


Corn Maze 2013. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://edmontoncornmaze.ca/


1938 North Shore Little Neck. Ipswich, Massachusetts.

by | over 75 years ago | 0 | 0

Historical image rectification with MapKnitter



Boston City Hall Plaza. Boston, Massachusetts.

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Boston GreenFest 2013 City Hall Plaza Stairs Boston, MA Balloon operation at BOS 286/3.2- 8/17/13


Greenfest. Boston, Massachusetts

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Boston Greenfest flight


Phats Valley Truro, Massachusetts.

by | 9 months ago | 0 | 0

Phats Valley Residency Cartography Primer at Pamet Marsh on Cape Cod Breach in railroad stems fro...


Little Neck, Ipswich, Massachusetts

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Just a quick map. Unprocessed Infragram imagery of the evolving shoreline at Pavilion Beach at Li...



Great Neck, Ipswich, Massachusetts

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Part II from Will Ward. Unprocessed Infragram imagery of the evolving shoreline at Pavilion Beach...


Post Snowstorm. Plum Island, Massachusetts.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Imagery collected 1 month after a March snowstorm sent houses crashing into the surf


North Shoreline. Plum Island, Massachusetts.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

This map is made from images taken by Will Ward on the morning of 3.13.13 on Plum Island MA. The ...


Banff Skate Park. Banff, Alberta, Canada

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

skate park and baseball fields



Peytopit. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

GoPro images


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. Villach, Austria

by | 0 | 0

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) Campus Map


French Creek. Darrington, Washington.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Confluence of French Creek and North Fork Stillaguamish River


Pelican Point. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 5 months ago | 0 | 0

Western Barataria Bay



Barataria Site BN3 East. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 5 months ago | 0 | 0

wetlands restoration site BN3 with large pelicans on Northeast shoreline


Barataria Site BL1 Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 5 months ago | 0 | 0

wetlands restoration site BL1


Barataria Site BL1 South. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 5 months ago | 0 | 0

wetlands restoration site BL1


Arnold Arboretum Infrablue. Boston, Massachusetts.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

This is the second map from the Digital STS workshop at the Arnold Arboretum from the infrablue c...



Arnold Arboretum. Boston, Massachusetts.

by | 0 | 0

This map was made as part of a Digital Science and Technology Studies workshop at the Arnold Arbo...


Rooftop Office Party. New York, New York.

by | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0

NYC Rooftop


Air Marugán Airfield. Segovia, Spain.

by | about 1 year ago | 1 | 0

UAV Testflight


Benelux. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

by | about 11 years ago | 0 | 0

Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg



Stavanger Jamboree 2013. Stavanger, Norway

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://www.stavanger2013.no/files/brosjyre_en.pdf http://www.stavanger2013.no


Bagaces. Bagaces, Costa Rica.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Costa Rica