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.

South Tel Aviv

by Shai Efrati | almost 3 years ago | 0 | 1


Addu. Davao, Philippines.

by maning | over 2 years ago | 0 | 1


Muffles College. Orange Walk, Belize.

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

Session for and with Muffles College Environmental Science Club: images from Delta Levitation wit...


Bayou Bienvenue Main Outfall Canal. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by Scott Eustis, Mathew Lippincott, Jeffrey Warren | over 1 year ago | 1 | 1

late evening kayak mapping



CLA Building, Towson University. Towson, Maryland.

by philr8 | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


West Village Commons, Towson University. Towson, Maryland.

by lfeinb4 | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 2


RC Testing. San Diego, California.

by Pat Coyle | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Updated 8/13/12 with frames from the video; see: www.flickr.com/photos/coylepdc/7778655890/ for i...


Prueba-DX. Daireaux, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

by anon | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0



Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

by Endrio | over 15 years ago | 0 | 0

IPPUC 1999


Morgan city, Louisiana.

by Jeffrey Warren | over 1 year ago | 0 | 1

on a flight between New Orleans and Houston


Bayou Safe Bay. Oil Spill?

by Jeffrey Warren | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

passenger pigeon


Big Sur Coastline. Big Sur, California.

by Stewart Long, Ben Rodriguez | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 1



Cover Crop Trials. Lee, New Hampshire.

by Chris Fastie, Farmhack Team | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Dorn Cox's experimental cover crop trials testing various treatments to improve the success of es...


Cover Crop Trials (Low Altitude Map). Lee, New Hampshire.

by Chris Fastie | about 2 years ago | 0 | 1

Dorn Cox's experimental cover crop trials testing various treatments to improve the success of es...


Gigapixel Conference at Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

by anon, Jeffrey Warren, Chris Fastie, Stoney Vintson | over 3 years ago | 0 | 0


Robertson Park. Livermore, California.

by Pat Coyle | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Also See: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/patcoyle/5-27-2012/flew-iphonechdk-robust-prototype-2...



Timbertown NDVI. Chelsea, Michigan.

by pahenry | over 1 year ago | 0 | 1


Appoquinimink Wildlife Area. Blackbird Creek, Delaware.

by krisroeske | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


MZA. Mendoza, Argentina.

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Crane School. Santa Barbara, CA.

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0



Holden Creek. Oak Park, Virginia

by anon | over 1 year ago | 0 | 2

Test flights for NASA/USGS Kite Aerial Photography Project.


Soundview Oyster Reef ORRP. NYC Bronx, New York

by Kerstin Kalchmayr, Allison Fitzgerald, Leif Percifield, Liz Barry, Jim Lodge | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Site of potential oyster reef expansion along Soundview Park, Bronx River. Imagery captured durin...


Cannoneer Lot, Green Infrastructure Project. Brooklyn, New York.

by geography76 | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

The green infrastructure project is about controlling storm surge water. We will be building bios...


Conflans. Agonges, France.

by bruno B | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0



MACURISA Conference Balloon Flight. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

by seankmcginnis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0


Prince Edward Island, Canada. 1935.

by capekildare | over 79 years ago | 0 | 0


Passaic Riverfront. Newark, New Jersey.

by Jen Hudon, Leif Percifield, Liz Barry | over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

http://grassrootsnewark.wordpress.com/


11700 Laneview Drive. Houston, Texas.

by Daniel Davis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

11700 block of Laneview Drive in Houston, Texas.



Faulkey Gully Bayou. Houston, TX

by Daniel Davis | over 1 year ago | 0 | 0

A section of Faulkey Gully Bayou.


Arroyo Mocho Neighborhood. Livermore, California.

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

During break in rainy weather, flew Delta Levitation around the neighborhood with A-1200 in juice...