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.

Big Branch. Lacombe, Louisiana

by over 5 years ago | 1 | 0



Newtown Creek (North). Brooklyn, NY

by about 6 years ago | 2 | 1


Newtown Creek. Brooklyn, NY

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0





Rooftop 2. Santiago, Chile

by over 5 years ago | 0 | 0


Rooftop. Santiago, Chile

by over 5 years ago | 0 | 0


Uzhorod, Ukraine

by over 8 years ago | 0 | 2




Buss Farm. Rosetta, South Africa.

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Lemon Fair Burn. Cornwall, Vermont

by over 5 years ago | 1 | 2


University of Texas. Austin, Texas

by over 5 years ago | 0 | 0


Mestia, Georgia

by over 7 years ago | 0 | 0





Gowanus - Brooklyn, NY - NRG

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Gowanus - Brooklyn, NY - IR

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Western Carolina University Library

by almost 6 years ago | 0 | 2



Ag Park. Sunol, California (nrg)

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0


Ag Park. Sunol, California (ndvi)

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0



Ag Park. Sunol, California

by about 6 years ago | 0 | 0