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.

Capitol Street, Vallejo, California

by almost 6 years ago | 1 | 0


Fort Morgan, Alabama

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0


Isle Grande Terre State Park, Louisiana

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Grand Isle State Beach, Louisiana

by about 6 years ago | 1 | 2



Lima, Peru (Infrared)

by over 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Washington Square Park, New York City

by about 6 years ago | 2 | 0



Grand Isle, Louisiana

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 2



Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, New York

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 1


Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, New York

by over 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Helen Wood Park, Mobile Bay, Alabama

by about 6 years ago | 1 | 2


Helen Wood Park, Mobile Bay, Alabama

by over 6 years ago | 0 | 0



Pointe Au Chien, Louisiana

by over 6 years ago | 4 | 0



Wilkinson Bay (West), Louisiana.

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0




Wilkinson Bay (Southeast), Louisiana.

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0



Wilkinson Bay, Louisiana.

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0


Wherecamp, SDSU, San Diego, California

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 2



Waveland, Mississippi

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0


Cat Island, Mississippi

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 2


Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0


Dry Creek, West Virginia

by almost 7 years ago | 1 | 2



Virgin River, Nevada

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 2



Wiley's Last Resort, Kentucky

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 2


Black Mountain, Virginia

by almost 7 years ago | 1 | 0



Wilkinson Bay (Northeast), Louisiana

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 0


Grand Isle State Beach, Louisiana

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 2


Perdido Point, Alabama

by almost 7 years ago | 0 | 2


Lake Borgne, Louisiana

by almost 7 years ago | 1 | 1