It is the taking part that counts

February 3rd, 2009  |  Published in Innovation


An animation showing edits to the www.OpenStreetMap.org project during 2008. OpenStreetMap is a wiki-style map of the world and this animation displays a white flash each time a way is entered or updated. Some edits are a result of a physical local survey by a contributor with a GPS unit and taking notes, other edits are done remotely using aerial photography or out-of-copyright maps, and some are bulk imports of official data.

OpenStreetMap started in 2004 and the rate of contributions is accelerating with four times as many people contributing to the project in 2008 compared to 2007. During the year, edits were made by some 20,000 individuals and there were bulk imports of data for many places, including the USA, India, Italy and Belarus which are clearly visible in the animation. (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Potential_Datasources)

This animation was produced by www.itoworld.com with financial support from http://ideasintransit.org; it is licensed CC-BY-SA and can also be downloaded from this page when you are logged-in. Various stills are available from http://www.flickr.com/groups/itomedia/pool/. The music is ‘Open Electro’ by Vincent Girès’ http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/silence and can be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/details/silence-silence.

ITO World provide free online support software for OpenStreetMap (http://www.itoworld.com/static/osmmapper) and also provide online mapping services to organisations and individuals.

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