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.

Copahue Volcano. Argentina and Chile International Border.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copahue


Fresh Kills Park Sneak Peak 2013. Staten Island, New York.

by | 10 months ago | 0 | 0

Sneak Peak 2013 http://publiclab.org/notes/nejohnson2/09-25-2013/sneak-peak-balloon-mapping-at-fr...


Fresh Kills Park. Staten Island, New York.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

The is a map created by members of ITP Camp 2013 after a visit to Fresh Kills Park in Staten Isla...


Afton Forest Preserve. DeKalb, Illinois

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Aerial balloon photography in Afton forest preserve wetlands restoration area and nearby CAFO to ...



Davis Pyrite Mine. Rowe, MA

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Davis, Massachusetts is the abandoned location of the Davis Pyrite Mine. Once the largest iron py...


CBD Growth. Lafayette, California.

by | about 4 years ago | 0 | 0

High altitude flight over Lafayette, CA Related discussion and images from the Grassroots Mappin...


Tom Mccall Waterfront Park. Portland, Oregon.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

mapped with Open Source Bridge 2013 Workshop participants


Washington Square Park. Manhattan, New York.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

World Science Festival event: Science Hack Day at NYU ITP CUSP. Washington Square Park, NYC, NY



Downhill to Tinco. Tinco, Peru.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

looking North downhill


Hawthorne Hawthorne, Nevada

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Passenger pigeon flight.


East Providence Waste Plane. East Providence, Rhode Island.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

We're a neighborhood group in East Providence, RI with houses adjacent to a large construction wa...


Hacklab01 and Surroundings. Zagreb, Croatia.

by | 8 months ago | 0 | 1

http://wowm.org/uz/



Kisumu, Kenya.

by | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

management photo


Island Pond, Vermont.

by | over 4 years ago | 0 | 0

180 Cargill Road, 05846


Sítio Luis Caione. Alta Floresta - Mato Grosso, Brazil.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Sítio Luis Caione


Parco del Portello. Milan, Italy

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parco_del_Portello



Novate Milanese. Novate Milanese Province of Milan, Italy.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

novate-milanese


Northern Virginia Community College. Sterling, Virginia.

by | 0 | 0

Photos taken from a weather balloon using PublicLaboratory kit.


Clark University Map. Worcester, Massachusetts.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Clark University map from Intro to GIS class


Clark University Expotition Map. Worcester, Massachusetts.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

"Expotition" (Winnie-the-Pooh's word for a special adventure)



Horvat Etri, Israel.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horvat_Etri


Coulee-Baker Bayou St. John. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 0

documenting a DIY bayou in the Bayou St John "delta" Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/e...


City Park Stormwater Wetland. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 1

identifying storm water wetlands


Bayou St. John Sand Spits. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by | 5 months ago | 0 | 0

BSJ sand spits



Barataria Site BM2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Site BH4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Site BL2-B. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Site BL2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 6 months ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th



Barataria Unit Tarpaper Canal (NW) Monitoring. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 7 months ago | 0 | 0

Tarpaper canal is a former oil and gas canal whose spoil banks have been degraded and that has be...


CIAP Restoration. Bayou Bienvenue, Louisiana.

by | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/10-8-2012/map-bayou-bienvenue-ciap-restoration...