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.

Fort Mason Community Garden. San Francisco, California.

by Pat Coyle, Stewart Long, Alex Mandel, Michele Tobias | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0


SFSU San Francisco, California.

by Paula Levine, Ben Rodriguez | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Map pf the SFSU student union and quad from a Public Lab workshop at SFSU.


Roanoke College, salem, Virginia.

by Abbey Davis , Adam Griffith | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

This is a demonstration map for Dr. O'Neill's GIS class. Spring 2013.


University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

by Beatriz, Drew Peterson, Joel Albrecht , K Dercks, Hannah Bristol, Zachary Womeldorf | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

First attempt at MapKnitter, using aerials from a low-altitude balloon on a windy day.



La Laguna de Villayuste, León, Spain.

by jotapete | about 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Humane Alliance. Hilton Head, South Carolina.

by Alicia Fowler | over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Balloon mapped this area because it is susceptible to sea-level rise.


RV Park and Marina. Hilton Head, South Carolina

by Alicia Fowler | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0


Biltmore Park. Asheville, North Carolina.

by Adam Griffith | almost 3 years ago | 0 | 0



Telmex Hub and Cuauhtémoc Barrio. Mexico City, Mexico.

by Adam Griffith | almost 3 years ago | 0 | 1


Kronshagen, Germany

by achiii | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Oaks Business Park. Livermore, California.

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

Livermore CA test flight: With repaired Delta spar pocket, dual A1200s in bottle-bottom rig, Digi...


Planyrka. Brno, Czech Republic.

by anon | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0




Open Source GIS Meetup. Nødebo, Denmark.

by Lene Fischer, Aleksander Stysiak, Ragnar Hockerstedt | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

43 students from 15 countries are joining a course in GIS using OpenSource. We had a small helic...


Troparevo. Moscow, Russia.

by changeadmin | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


PAU del Ensanche de Vallecas. Madrid, Spain.

by Pablo Rey Mazón, Paaq, Cogo | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Ruinas en un PAU (Plan de Actuación Urbanística) del Ensanche de Vallecas en Madrid, Spain. Grou...



Monteith Farmstead and Community Park. Dillsboro, North Carolina

by WATR Team | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

The map is constructed of photographs that were provided by the Swain High School Environmentally...


Orchid Hill. Charlotte, North Carolina.

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Balloon Mapping Project


ACE Vasco Train Station. Livermore, California.

by Pat Coyle | over 1 year ago | 0 | 2

ACE Vasco Road Train Station: First test flight with a used Canon SX260HS with built-in gps, runn...


Riverside Cemetery. Asheville, North Carolina.

by sbarnwell | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

Map of Riverside Cemetery using balloon images collected by third graders from Isaac Dickson Elem...



Barossa Valley. Tanunda, South Australia.

by anon | over 1 year ago | 2 | 0


Ciklonizacija. Novi Sad, Serbia.

by Jerkov | over 1 year ago | 0 | 1

Ciklonizacija sa 250 metara


West Salem High School. Salem, Oregon

by anon | about 4 years ago | 0 | 2


August Pine Ridge RC School, Belize.

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

cross posted from here I met Blanca Torres, the principal, other school staff and the fifth-grad...



Sinkhole. Bayou Corne, Louisiana

by Scott Eustis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

passenger pigeon


AA Flight Over Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico.

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

Images taken from AA flight, Belize to Dallas


Lisse, Netherlands.

by Jeffrey Warren | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0

out the window of a Delta flight from Schipol


Arizona State Prison Complex. Florence, Arizona.

by Scott Eustis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 1

Feb 16, 2013 During a commerical flight from MSY to PHX, an afternoon shot of the prison complex ...



Solidarity Demonstration

by Shai Efrati, Hagit Keysar, Jeffrey Warren | about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Reposting From: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/warren/7-21-2011/balloon-mapping-protest-jerusa...


Atzmon

by Shai Efrati | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0