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.

Clark University Expotition Map. Worcester, Massachusetts.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

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


Horvat Etri, Israel.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

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


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

by | 10 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 | 11 months ago | 0 | 1

identifying storm water wetlands



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

by | 9 months ago | 0 | 0

BSJ sand spits


Barataria Site BM2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 10 months ago | 1 | 1

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


Barataria Site BH4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 11 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...


Grand Isle Sand Spit. Grand Isle, Louisiana.

by | 11 months ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/01-06-2014/grand-isle-sand-spit-2-jan-2014



El Serrallo Refinería de Castellón BP Oil España. Castellón, Spain.

by | 10 months ago | 0 | 1

Polígono industrial El Serrallo 2 centrales térmicas, 1 refinería de petróleo British Petroleum, ...


El Saler. Valencia, Spain.

by | 0 | 0

Carretera CV500 a su paso por El Saler.Carretera CV500 a su paso por El Saler. Research Note: ht...


Mouth of Bayou St. John into Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/4-3-2013/kite-map-mouth-bayou-st-john


Mardi Gras Pass. Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana.

by | 0 | 0

Mardi Gras Pass, the new arm of the Mississippi River



Clark University. Worcester, Massachusetts.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

clark university intro to gis project


Belize Open Source Map of August Pine Ridge. August Pine Ridge, Belize.

by | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Belize Open Source mapping sessions: initial images from Delta Levitation with A1200 in juice bot...


Delaware River Waterfront. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

These images were captured during our Philly Tech Week Balloon Mapping Workshop on April 24, 2013...


La Laguna de Villayuste. Leon, Spain

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

La laguna de VIllayuste



Al Dhakira Mangroves. Qatar.

by | 0 | 0

Supporting the work of http://mappingthemangroves.org


Occupy DC Camp 11-19-11

by | 10 months ago | 0 | 1

on Saturday November 19 2011, the following map was created. Sam Pepple, Willie Shubert, and Luke...


Wetlands Restoration. Sawdust Bend Bayou, Louisiana.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/11-11-2013/restore-the-earth-foundation-planti...


Beit Safafa, Jerusalem.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Construction site in Beit Safafa, map-making from the local protest tent.



Sparrow Farm. Montpelier, Vermont.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

TAC workshop at Sparrow Farm


Tuckaway Farm. Lee, New Hampshire.

by | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Tuckaway Farm in Lee, New Hampshire hosted iFarm 2013 on May 18-19.


Construction Site Near Mocho Park. Livermore, California.

by | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Updating maps with construction site activities across the street from Mocho Park


Montgomery Bell State Park. Burns, Tennessee

by TNGIC | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0



Rotsoord. Utrecht, Netherlands.

by keimpe, Keimpe de Heer | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

I just set up a new media lab in Utrecht, the Netherlands called Rotslab. We are geared towards r...


Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

by seankmcginnis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0