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.

Pelican Point. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 7 months ago | 0 | 0

Western Barataria Bay


Barataria Site BN3 East. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 7 months ago | 1 | 0

wetlands restoration site BN3 with large pelicans on Northeast shoreline


Barataria Site BL1 Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 7 months ago | 2 | 0

wetlands restoration site BL1


Barataria Site BL1 South. Barataria Bay, Louisiana

by | 7 months ago | 0 | 0

wetlands restoration site BL1



Arnold Arboretum Infrablue. Boston, Massachusetts.

by | over 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 | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

NYC Rooftop


Air Marugán Airfield. Segovia, Spain.

by | over 1 year ago | 1 | 0

UAV Testflight



Benelux. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

by | over 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


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 | 12 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 | over 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 | over 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 | over 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 | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

mapped with Open Source Bridge 2013 Workshop participants


Washington Square Park. Manhattan, New York.

by | over 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 | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

looking North downhill



Hawthorne Hawthorne, Nevada

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Passenger pigeon flight.


East Providence Waste Plane. East Providence, Rhode Island.

by | over 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 | 10 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 | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Sítio Luis Caione


Parco del Portello. Milan, Italy

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

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


Novate Milanese. Novate Milanese Province of Milan, Italy.

by | over 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 | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Clark University map from Intro to GIS class