Google has released some new imagery to their Google Earth platform.
The interesting thing about this new imagery is that it has been taken by regular people using balloons and kites!
The company spoke about this initiative:
Our friends at The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science have been working hard to make imagery collection easy, cheap and accessible. Their grassroots mapping work is based on the idea that citizens anywhere should be able to explore the environment in and around their communities, by collecting their own imagery and other data, and to do it in a way that is useful for scientific and social purposes. We’ve imported many of the images from the Public Laboratory’s archives into Google Earth’s historical imagery database.