Balloons, Kites & Poles - Low-cost ways to capture and analyze open geodata


Balloons, kites, and poles provide low-cost and easy-to-use methods to capture timely spatial imagery that can be incorporated into environmental and socioeconomic analyses. Citizen scientists, journalists, and activists have used these methods to gather information about the Deepwater Horizon Spill, potentially rediscover one of the oldest American Veterans Cemeteries in New York City, and to stall eviction proceedings in Uganda. In this talk, I'll give an overview of different aerial mapping methods, the construction of camera rigs from simple juice bottles and rubber bands to 3D printed Raspberry Pi-based camera rigs with attached sensors leveraging OpenCV able to create vector data through motion tracking. I'll also demonstrate the use of MapKnitter to mosaic and serve the imagery to be consumed in JavaScript libraries to analyze and visualize your data.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 14:15 to 14:50