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MiLAND

MiLAND (Multispectral Imaging for Landscapes, Agriculture and Natural Disasters) serves to promote open-source aerial-imaging through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This project serves to facilitate discussions and the sharing of instructions and links pertaining to camera/sensor selection and image processing, analysis and interpretation.

MiLAND is a project led by Matt Wallhead. At this point in time Matt is focused on multispectral image analysis capabiities provided through the open-source GIS package QGIS. I will attempt to provide an open-source pipeline for image acquisition, processing and analysis.

The name MiLAND stemmed from discussions at the 2013 iFARM event hosted by Dorn Cox of FarmHack at Tuckaway Farms located in Lee, NH. Chris Fastie of Public Labs coined the name iFARM (imaging for agricultural research and management). While discussing dual-rig cameras Jeff Warren of Public Labs suggested adding a M (for multispectral) in front of name. Therefore, MiLAND is an extension of iFARM that focuses on the use of UAV-captured imagery.

Image processing software;

MultiSpec is an excellent tool for multispectral analysis of imagery. The link to the website is provided below.
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~biehl/MultiSpec/

One can easily create NDVI images with just a few clicks. The link to detailed instructions describing the process can be found under the Resources>Tutorials/Exercises section of the website at the following address;
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~biehl/MultiSpec/tutorials/MultiSpec_Exer...

Lots of useful information regarding using digital images to measure plant health can be found on the Digital Earth Watch website found at; http://dew.globalsystemsscience.org/ and provides several freely available software packages that can be used when analyzing standard and NIR imagery. The program AnalyzingDigitalImages is an example of a useful tool for creating NDVI images that can be found through the Digital Earth Watch website. The link to the website is provided below.
https://sites.google.com/a/globalsystemsscience.org/global-systems-scien...

ImageJ (http://imagej.nih.gov/ij/index.html)  is a public domain image processing program funded by NIH. It is a cross-platform program that is able to read many image formats (jpeg, raw, tiff). It appears to be a very powerful program enabled by user-written plugins.

Ned Horning, another Public Lab regular,  has written a very nice set of photo monitoring plugins for Fiji (http://fiji.sc/Fiji) which is a distribution of ImageJ (the plugins also work in ImageJ) and can be found at https://github.com/nedhorning/PhotoMonitoringPlugin.

QGIS is my final solution for open source users. Specifically tools provided withing the Orfeo toolbox. I can not overstate how powerful of a tool this is. It should be a final solution for most users.  http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

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  •   An interesting concept came up in the comment thread for my recent blog post that it might be helpful to identify specific locations in every region where UAViators can experiment safely and meet others with similar interests.  Is there anywhere in New England where people would suggest as being particularly conducive to RC/Auto Piloted flights?  Has anyone ever tried to organize events or gatherings?

      I'm thinking that the former Brunswick NAS might be such a location considering it is home to a number of small tech start-ups and a campus of Embry Riddle University but perhaps somewhere closer to Boston like the former Pease AFB would be better?  Or would it be best to avoid active civil aviation facilities altogether?

  • Hello folks!

     I'm in Harpswell, Maine and while I've been active in the PublicLab community for a couple years, I'm only just now getting acquainted with DIYDrones.  I've been documenting a low-cost mapping UAV project at http://publiclab.org/notes/code4maine/08-05-2014/aerial-mapping-dro... though I seem to be at an impasse since i decided to switch from an 8bit to 32bit FC.

     I'm definitely interested in meeting others in N.NE/Greater Boston region with similar interest in UAVs as grassroots research tools.  I'm actually in the process of becoming a local organizer within the PublicLab organization so I could help facilitate something if others are interested.  I'm also the co-captain of a local "Brigade" within the Code for America organization so I can help connect into the broader civic hacking community if necessary.

      Feel free to PM me if you'd like to connect!

  • I am Joe Homer in N Kingstown,RI. Spitting distance of what used to be Quonset Naval Air Station. I've been following discussions of this subject (drones, agriculture, photogrammetry, etc.) for several years now. Would like to personally meet kindred spirits in this part of the world.
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    I'm in Manchester, CT.  Not exactly near Old Lyme, but close.  I was also thinking of starting some kind of user group, but just don't have the time. 

  • I'm just getting started building my first UAV (quadrotor) in the Dover, NH area. Anybody flying nearby? I see mention above of Lee, NH!

  • The Charles River Radio Controllers is a local flying club that flies at several fields in the area. Check their website for details. I have been to Davis Field in Sudbury, a nice big field in open farmland. It is a fairly short drive for me from Waltham.
  • We've been to Amory park, Larz Anderson park, Arboretum, etc.

  • I'm in the Boston area. 

    Where do people go to fly?

    Any good parks, beaches etc..

  • I'm in Old Lyme, CT.  Anyone else nearby?

    -Don

  • There is also the Boston Aread Multirotor group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BAMMeetUp/

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