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.


Horvat Etri, Israel.

by Cartographer: Hagit Keysar | Mapper: Hagit Keysar over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horvat_Etri


Coulee-Baker Bayou St. John. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long | Mappers: Scott Eustis over 2 years ago | 1 | 1

documenting a DIY bayou in the Bayou St John "delta" Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/e...





Barataria Site BM2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long | Mappers: Alex Stoicof, Paul, Scott, Matt P, Richie B and Chris over 2 years ago | 1 | 1

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Site BH4. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long | Mappers: Alex Stoicof, Paul, Scott, Matt P, Richie B and Chris over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Site BL2-B. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long | Mappers: Alex Stoicof, Paul, Scott, Matt P, Richie B and Chris over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th



Barataria Site BL2. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long and Scott Eustis | Mappers: Alex Stoicof, Paul, Scott, Matt P, Richie B and Chris over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/02-12-2014/barataria-2014-february-9th


Barataria Unit Tarpaper Canal (NW) Monitoring. Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Stewart Long and Matthew Seibert and Scott Eustis | Mapper: Scott Eustis and Matthew Seibert almost 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Tarpaper canal is a former oil and gas canal whose spoil banks have been degraded and that has be...


CIAP Restoration. Bayou Bienvenue, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Scott Eustis and Stewart Long | Mapper: Scott Eustis | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/10-8-2012/map-bayou-bienvenue-ciap-restoration...


Grand Isle Sand Spit. Grand Isle, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Matt Prendergast, Scott Eustis, and Julia Lightner | Mapper: Matt Prendergast, Scott Eustis, and Julia Lightner over 2 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/01-06-2014/grand-isle-sand-spit-2-jan-2014



El Serrallo Refinería de Castellón BP Oil España. Castellón, Spain.

by Cartographer: Pablo and Basurama Team | Mapper: Pablo and Basurama Team over 2 years ago | 0 | 1

Polígono industrial El Serrallo 2 centrales térmicas, 1 refinería de petróleo British Petroleum, ...


El Saler. Valencia, Spain.

by Cartographer: Pablo and Basurama Team | Mapper: Pablo and Basurama Team | 0 | 0

Carretera CV500 a su paso por El Saler.Carretera CV500 a su paso por El Saler. Research Note: ht...


Mouth of Bayou St. John into Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Scott Eustis and Stewart Long | Mapper: Scott Eustis over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/4-3-2013/kite-map-mouth-bayou-st-john





Belize Open Source Map of August Pine Ridge. August Pine Ridge, Belize.

by Cartographer: Pat Coyle | Mapper: Pat Coyle over 3 years ago | 1 | 1

Belize Open Source mapping sessions: initial images from Delta Levitation with A1200 in juice bot...



La Laguna de Villayuste. Leon, Spain

by Cartographer: Juan | Mapper: Juan over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

La laguna de VIllayuste



Al Dhakira Mangroves. Qatar.

by Cartographer: Aaron Huslage | Mapper: Aaron Huslage | 0 | 0

Supporting the work of http://mappingthemangroves.org


Occupy DC Camp 11-19-11

by Cartography: Sam Pepple, Willie Shubert, and Luke Idziak | Mappers: Sam Pepple, Willie Shubert, and Luke Idziak over 2 years ago | 0 | 1

on Saturday November 19 2011, the following map was created. Sam Pepple, Willie Shubert, and Luke...


Wetlands Restoration. Sawdust Bend Bayou, Louisiana.

by Cartographer: Scott Eustis | Mapper: Scott Eustis almost 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Research Note: http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/11-11-2013/restore-the-earth-foundation-planti...


Beit Safafa, Jerusalem.

by Cartographer: Hagit Keysar | Mapper: Hagit Keysar over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Construction site in Beit Safafa, map-making from the local protest tent.




Tuckaway Farm. Lee, New Hampshire.

by Cartographer: Chris Fastie | Mapper: Chris Fastie over 3 years ago | 1 | 0

Tuckaway Farm in Lee, New Hampshire hosted iFarm 2013 on May 18-19.


Construction Site Near Mocho Park. Livermore, California.

by Cartographer: Pat Coyle | Mapper: Pat Coyle about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Updating maps with construction site activities across the street from Mocho Park




Rotsoord. Utrecht, Netherlands.

by over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

I just set up a new media lab in Utrecht, the Netherlands called Rotslab. We are geared towards r...


Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

by over 3 years ago | 0 | 0