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.

Riverside Cemetery. Asheville, North Carolina.

| about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Map of Riverside Cemetery using balloon images collected by third graders from Isaac Dickson Elem...



Ciklonizacija. Novi Sad, Serbia.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

Ciklonizacija sa 250 metara


West Salem High School. Salem, Oregon

| about 6 years ago | 0 | 2



August Pine Ridge RC School, Belize.

| over 3 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

| about 3 years ago | 0 | 0

passenger pigeon


AA Flight Over Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Images taken from AA flight, Belize to Dallas


Lisse, Netherlands.

| almost 4 years ago | 0 | 0

out the window of a Delta flight from Schipol



Arizona State Prison Complex. Florence, Arizona.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

Feb 16, 2013 During a commerical flight from MSY to PHX, an afternoon shot of the prison complex ...


Solidarity Demonstration

| almost 5 years ago | 0 | 0

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


Atzmon

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0


South Tel Aviv

| over 4 years ago | 0 | 1



Addu. Davao, Philippines.

| over 4 years ago | 0 | 1


Muffles College. Orange Walk, Belize.

| over 3 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.

| over 3 years ago | 1 | 1

late evening kayak mapping





RC Testing. San Diego, California.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

Updated 8/13/12 with frames from the video; see: www.flickr.com/photos/coylepdc/7778655890/ for i...



Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

| over 17 years ago | 0 | 0

IPPUC 1999



Morgan city, Louisiana.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 1

on a flight between New Orleans and Houston


Bayou Safe Bay. Oil Spill?

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 0

passenger pigeon



Cover Crop Trials. Lee, New Hampshire.

| about 4 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.

| about 4 years ago | 0 | 1

Dorn Cox's experimental cover crop trials testing various treatments to improve the success of es...



Robertson Park. Livermore, California.

| almost 4 years ago | 0 | 0

Also See: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/patcoyle/5-27-2012/flew-iphonechdk-robust-prototype-2...


Timbertown NDVI. Chelsea, Michigan.

| over 3 years ago | 0 | 1