Grassroots Mapping is a series of participatory mapping projects involving communities in cartographic dispute. Seeking to invert the traditional power structure of cartography, the grassroots mappers used helium balloons and kites to loft their own “community satellites” made with inexpensive digital cameras.

North arrow

July 16th, 2012 by Juan

If anybody is interested in ground control point targets for aerial photography, I can leave here this North arrow for you to print (courtesy of the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (ian.umces.edu/symbols/).

FABAoutfit for vertical KAP and BAP

June 5th, 2012 by Juan

This work is released under the Creative Commons/CERN Open Hardware License.

The FABA Collective (Foto Aérea a Baja Altura, from Spain) proposes another equipment for vertical photography at low altitude from kite (KAP) or balloon (BAP), at low cost, named FABAoutfit. It contains the following elements:

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FABAoutfit for vertical KAP and BAP

June 5th, 2012 by Juan

This work is released under the Creative Commons/CERN Open Hardware License.

The FABA Collective (Foto Aérea a Baja Altura, from Spain) proposes another equipment for vertical photography at low altitude from kite (KAP) or balloon (BAP), at low cost, named FABAoutfit. It contains the following elements:

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Lee, NH PLOTS/FarmHack Meetup

May 29th, 2012 by cfastie

We had a successful day last week balloon mapping an agricultural experiment study in Lee, New Hampshire. Dorn Cox of GreenStart hosted the day at the site of a no-till trial where hairy vetch had been seeded the previous September into established hay field turf. Thirteen different experimental treatments with four replicates each are designed to reveal the best management practices for conserving fuel, enhancing soil carbon, and reducing weeds while switching from grass-based to legume-based cover.

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Lee, NH PLOTS/FarmHack Meetup

May 29th, 2012 by cfastie

We had a successful day last week balloon mapping an agricultural experiment study in Lee, New Hampshire. Dorn Cox of GreenStart hosted the day at the site of a no-till trial where hairy vetch had been seeded the previous September into established hay field turf. Thirteen different experimental treatments with four replicates each are designed to reveal the best management practices for conserving fuel, enhancing soil carbon, and reducing weeds while switching from grass-based to legume-based cover.

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NDVI out of the shadows

May 15th, 2012 by cfastie

On May 5 my Public Laboratory infrared camera made its first photographic flight. The shutters of two Powershot A495 cameras, one modified to record only near-infrared (NIR) light, were triggered every 10 seconds by an AuRiCo KAP controller. The Levitation delta kite hoisted the rig over the northern edge of the Salisbury Swamp, VT. In about 1.5 hours, 420 synchronous pairs of normal and NIR photos were captured. It has taken a while to process just a fraction of these images, but the results are promising.

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NDVI out of the shadows

May 15th, 2012 by cfastie

On May 5 my Public Laboratory infrared camera made its first photographic flight. The shutters of two Powershot A495 cameras, one modified to record only near-infrared (NIR) light, were triggered every 10 seconds by an AuRiCo KAP controller. The Levitation delta kite hoisted the rig over the northern edge of the Salisbury Swamp, VT. In about 1.5 hours, 420 synchronous pairs of normal and NIR photos were captured. It has taken a while to process just a fraction of these images, but the results are promising.

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Print maps from the PLOTS Archive and MapKnitter

May 10th, 2012 by Stewart Long

This was a bit lost in the hubbub over the Google announcement, but a few weeks ago we added a feature to order a print directly from MapKnitter and from the PLOTS map archive. Users can now click-through directly from their map details page. Public Laboratory map production is working towards a end-to-end open source solution:

  • Planning. Getting started with Public Lab map tools, collaborate, learn about safety first
  • Capture. Taking aerial images
  • Sorting. Selecting the best images locally or online with mapmill.org

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Print maps from the PLOTS Archive and MapKnitter

May 10th, 2012 by Stewart Long

This was a bit lost in the hubbub over the Google announcement, but a few weeks ago we added a feature to order a print directly from MapKnitter and from the PLOTS map archive. Users can now click-through directly from their map details page. Public Laboratory map production is working towards a end-to-end open source solution:

  • Planning. Getting started with Public Lab map tools, collaborate, learn about safety first
  • Capture. Taking aerial images
  • Sorting. Selecting the best images locally or online with mapmill.org

read more

Flight-ready MK111 timer

May 10th, 2012 by cfastie

I got the MK111 timer all wired up and integrated into the PLOTS Visible/NIR Camera Tool payload. I still have to endurance test the two 4LR44 batteries, but I will wait to do that in the air -- no reason to waste two $1 batteries and not get any aerial photos.