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 staff@publiclab.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.

Crane School. Santa Barbara, CA.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0


Holden Creek. Oak Park, Virginia

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 2

Test flights for NASA/USGS Kite Aerial Photography Project.


Soundview Oyster Reef ORRP. NYC Bronx, New York

| over 3 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.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

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



Conflans. Agonges, France.

| almost 4 years ago | 0 | 0



Prince Edward Island, Canada. 1935.

| over 81 years ago | 0 | 0


Passaic Riverfront. Newark, New Jersey.

| over 5 years ago | 0 | 1

http://grassrootsnewark.wordpress.com/



11700 Laneview Drive. Houston, Texas.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

11700 block of Laneview Drive in Houston, Texas.


Faulkey Gully Bayou. Houston, TX

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

A section of Faulkey Gully Bayou.


Arroyo Mocho Neighborhood. Livermore, California.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

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


UW Fox. Menasha, Wisconsin

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

http://andrewshears.com/



Kukuiula. Koloa, Hawaii.

| almost 4 years ago | 0 | 0



Middlebury Falls, Vermont

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

Pleasant St. to Maple St., Middlebury, Vermont


Engineers Without Borders Regional Meeting at Cal Poly (NDVI)

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 2

NDVI Results from workshop: Aerial Photography Mapping. For map of visible images and full descri...




LUMCON. Cocodrie, Louisiana (Kite)

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

This is follow up from our 2012 Barnraising session November 2-4, 2012 at LUMCON, Cocodrie, LA. I...


TLC Youth Center. Kamwokya, Kawempe, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

http://edgyproduct.tumblr.com/post/35410307275/tlc-youth-center-mega-map-this-is-my-first-time


LUMCON. Cocodrie, Louisiana

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0



Art Center. Pasadena, California.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0


Echo Park Neighborhood. Los Angeles, California.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Mapping workshop at http://machineproject.com/ Wes High (https://www.youtube.com/user/weshig...


Academic Quadrangle at Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, British Columbia.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Flight above the Academic Quadrangle at Simon Fraser University, October 6, 2012.


Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal. Burnaby, British Columbia.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 2

Attempted mapping near the Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. (Launch...




Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College. Ripton, Vermont.

| over 3 years ago | 1 | 0

On LEAFFEST’s gorgeous Saturday, we invaded the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College on a plat...



Solar Decathlon. Madrid, Spain.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 2



Makers Lab. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 2


KAP. Utrecht, Netherlands.

| almost 4 years ago | 0 | 2