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.

Barataria Site ABH1. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 2 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABH2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 1 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABH3. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABH5-East. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.



Barataria Site ABH5. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABM4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABN5. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site ABL4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.



Barataria Site ABM5. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 1 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site BN4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Stewart Long | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Barataria Site BL3. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartography by Melissa Nunes | Mapping by Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is part of a series of maps with field work sponsored by Patagonia.


Gowanus Canal June 2013. Brooklyn, New York.

by Cartography by Gena Wirth | Mapping by Gena Wirth over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Images from the northern reach of the Gowanus Canal taken on June 8th, 2013. Vegetation and water...



Sarnen. Sarnen, Switzerland.

by Cartography by Max Gfeller | Mapping by Max Gfeller about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

high altitude weather balloon map



Karnataka Tower View. Bangalore, India.

by Cartography by ajithblr | Mapping by ajithblr about 9 years ago | 0 | 0

The view from above the public utility bulding towers






1938 North Shore Little Neck. Ipswich, Massachusetts.

by Cartography by Will Ward | Mapping by USGS almost 78 years ago | 0 | 0

Historical image rectification with MapKnitter


Boston City Hall Plaza. Boston, Massachusetts.

by Cartography by Will Ward | Mapping by Will Ward about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Boston GreenFest 2013 City Hall Plaza Stairs Boston, MA Balloon operation at BOS 286/3.2- 8/17/13



Greenfest. Boston, Massachusetts

by Cartographer: Will Ward | Mapper: Will Ward about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Boston Greenfest flight


Phats Valley Truro, Massachusetts.

by Cartographer: Will Ward | Mapper: Will Ward almost 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Phats Valley Residency Cartography Primer at Pamet Marsh on Cape Cod Breach in railroad stems fro...


Little Neck, Ipswich, Massachusetts

by Cartographer: Will Ward and Stewart Long | Mappers: Will Ward and Sara Wylie about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Just a quick map. Unprocessed Infragram imagery of the evolving shoreline at Pavilion Beach at Li...


Great Neck, Ipswich, Massachusetts

by about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Part II from Will Ward. Unprocessed Infragram imagery of the evolving shoreline at Pavilion Beach...



Post Snowstorm. Plum Island, Massachusetts.

by Cartographer: Will Ward | Mapper: Will Ward over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Imagery collected 1 month after a March snowstorm sent houses crashing into the surf


North Shoreline. Plum Island, Massachusetts.

by Cartographer: Will Ward and Sara Wylie | Mappers: Will Ward and Sara Wylie over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

This map is made from images taken by Will Ward on the morning of 3.13.13 on Plum Island MA. The ...






French Creek. Darrington, Washington.

by Cartographer: Wes Lauer | Mapper: Wes Lauer over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Confluence of French Creek and North Fork Stillaguamish River