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.

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


City Center. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

by Keimpe | about 2 years ago | 0 | 2



Green Slice, Bush Playground. Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana.

by Shannon Dosemagen, Eric Krugler | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

balloon mapping


Machine Project. Los Angeles, California.

by to be added | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Low Water Bridge. Shenandoah River. Bentonville, Virginia

by Beverly Pearce | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Corn Maze 2012. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

by Corn Maze | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0

http://edmontoncornmaze.ca



Davidson Middle School. San Rafael, California.

by 5th Period Computer Class | about 2 years ago | 0 | 2

An aerial view of the Davidson Middle School campus. Kids who talk in class and use profanity wor...


University of Kentucky W.T. Young Library. Lexington, Kentucky.

by ubikcan | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

The University of Kentucky, Lexington. This is a class related project using helium balloons! For...


Asheville Arts District. Asheville, North Carolina.

by Jessie Breen | almost 3 years ago | 0 | 2


Carney. Asheville, North Carolina.

by Adam Griffith | over 3 years ago | 0 | 2