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.

Riverside Cemetery. Asheville, North Carolina.

by sbarnwell | almost 2 years 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 | almost 2 years ago | 2 | 0


Ciklonizacija. Novi Sad, Serbia.

by Jerkov | about 2 years ago | 0 | 1

Ciklonizacija sa 250 metara


West Salem High School. Salem, Oregon

by anon | over 4 years ago | 0 | 2



August Pine Ridge RC School, Belize.

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

passenger pigeon


AA Flight Over Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico.

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

Images taken from AA flight, Belize to Dallas


Lisse, Netherlands.

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

out the window of a Delta flight from Schipol



Arizona State Prison Complex. Florence, Arizona.

by Scott Eustis | almost 2 years 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 | over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

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


Atzmon

by Shai Efrati | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 0


South Tel Aviv

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



Addu. Davao, Philippines.

by maning | almost 3 years ago | 0 | 1


Muffles College. Orange Walk, Belize.

by Pat Coyle | almost 2 years 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 | almost 2 years ago | 1 | 1

late evening kayak mapping


CLA Building, Towson University. Towson, Maryland.

by philr8 | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0




RC Testing. San Diego, California.

by Pat Coyle | over 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 | almost 16 years ago | 0 | 0

IPPUC 1999



Morgan city, Louisiana.

by Jeffrey Warren | almost 2 years ago | 0 | 1

on a flight between New Orleans and Houston


Bayou Safe Bay. Oil Spill?

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

passenger pigeon


Big Sur Coastline. Big Sur, California.

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


Cover Crop Trials. Lee, New Hampshire.

by Chris Fastie, Farmhack Team | over 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 | over 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 | about 4 years ago | 0 | 0


Robertson Park. Livermore, California.

by Pat Coyle | over 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 | about 2 years ago | 0 | 1



Appoquinimink Wildlife Area. Blackbird Creek, Delaware.

by krisroeske | over 2 years ago | 0 | 0


MZA. Mendoza, Argentina.

by anon | about 2 years ago | 0 | 0