Public Labs Map Making Workshop

Sunday, September 23rd
11am – 5pm

Members: $35
Non-members: $50

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Join Stewart Long from in a DIY map making and aerial photography workshop. The Public Lab balloon and kite aerial imaging tool is a collaboratively designed, low-cost, fun, and relatively easy activity for making amazing high resolution aerial image maps. Here is a rundown of the schedule for the workshop.


Start  Introduction to aerial image mapping and general aerial photography.

Review the history of aerial photography, satellites, and the aerial imaging



DIY  Balloon/Kite mapping activity explained, collaborative tool design

processed discussed.


Planning  Group looks at neighborhood map together and selects mapping

focus of the day, site specific discussion rundown of how we will do the field

work in this particular situation


Safety  Before the group walks out to do field work we will talk about any

possible hazards and how to safely complete the field work


Image Acquisition  We will step outside, fill our balloon and proceed to

move around and map our area of interest.


Map Production  Introduction to the open source tool; MapKnitter. We will

learn how to start a new project and create a map from the imagery we just

collected outside.


Continued Map project may end that day or may be left to the participants

to complete depending on time left and the size of the map


More information on Balloon & Kite Mapping can be found here