Maps open data from balloon and kite photography (326 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.

Crane School. Santa Barbara, CA.

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Holden Creek. Oak Park, Virginia

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 2

Test flights for NASA/USGS Kite Aerial Photography Project.


Soundview Oyster Reef ORRP. NYC Bronx, New York

by Kerstin Kalchmayr, Allison Fitzgerald, Leif Percifield, Liz Barry, Jim Lodge | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Site of potential oyster reef expansion along Soundview Park, Bronx River. Imagery captured durin...


Cannoneer Lot, Green Infrastructure Project. Brooklyn, New York.

by geography76 | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

The green infrastructure project is about controlling storm surge water. We will be building bios...



Conflans. Agonges, France.

by bruno B | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0


MACURISA Conference Balloon Flight. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

by seankmcginnis | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Prince Edward Island, Canada. 1935.

by capekildare | over 79 years ago | 0 | 0


Passaic Riverfront. Newark, New Jersey.

by Jen Hudon, Leif Percifield, Liz Barry | over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

http://grassrootsnewark.wordpress.com/



11700 Laneview Drive. Houston, Texas.

by Daniel Davis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

11700 block of Laneview Drive in Houston, Texas.


Faulkey Gully Bayou. Houston, TX

by Daniel Davis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

A section of Faulkey Gully Bayou.


Arroyo Mocho Neighborhood. Livermore, California.

by Pat Coyle | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

During break in rainy weather, flew Delta Levitation around the neighborhood with A-1200 in juice...


UW Fox. Menasha, Wisconsin

by Andrew Shears | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://andrewshears.com/



Kukuiula. Koloa, Hawaii.

by Kate Chanba, Katrina Nygaard | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Tidmarsh Farms Meetup Public-Lab-BOSTON

by Public-Lab-Boston | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Middlebury Falls, Vermont

by Chris Fastie | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 1

Pleasant St. to Maple St., Middlebury, Vermont


Engineers Without Borders Regional Meeting at Cal Poly (NDVI)

by Pat Coyle | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2

NDVI Results from workshop: Aerial Photography Mapping. For map of visible images and full descri...



Engineers Without Borders Regional Meeting at Cal Poly

by Pat Coyle | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


LUMCON. Cocodrie, Louisiana (Kite)

by Pat Coyle | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

This is follow up from our 2012 Barnraising session November 2-4, 2012 at LUMCON, Cocodrie, LA. I...


TLC Youth Center. Kamwokya, Kawempe, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda.

by Art Center Team, JuaKali Craft Village, Art Center College of Design | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://edgyproduct.tumblr.com/post/35410307275/tlc-youth-center-mega-map-this-is-my-first-time


LUMCON. Cocodrie, Louisiana

by Pat Coyle, Mathew Lippincot, Mathew Lippincott, Chris Fastie, Dan Beavers, Matt Toups, Stewart Long, Jessi Breen | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0



Art Center. Pasadena, California.

by Mapping Workshop Crew | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Echo Park Neighborhood. Los Angeles, California.

by to be added, Wes High, Claudia Martinez Mansell, Manuel Barenboim, Lily Kerrigan, Josh Ketchum, Eddie Quintana, Manuel Boim, Diego Vasquez, Stewart Long | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Mapping workshop at http://machineproject.com/ Wes High (http://www.youtube.com/user/weshigh...


Academic Quadrangle at Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, British Columbia.

by almccon | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Flight above the Academic Quadrangle at Simon Fraser University, October 6, 2012.


Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal. Burnaby, British Columbia.

by almccon | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2

Attempted mapping near the Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. (Launch...



Washington Square Park. New York, New York.

by mariko, Mariko Toyoji, Saba Hamidi Coleman | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College. Ripton, Vermont.

by Chris Fastie | almost 2 years ago | 1 | 0

On LEAFFEST’s gorgeous Saturday, we invaded the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College on a plat...


UK Midnight Madness Encampment. Lexington, Kentucky

by jeremy | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2


Solar Decathlon. Madrid, Spain.

by basurama | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2



Makers Lab. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

by Keimpe | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2


KAP. Utrecht, Netherlands.

by Keimpe | about 2 years ago | 0 | 2