We have produced an animation of edits made to OpenStreetMap around the world in 2008.
OSM 2008: A Year of Edits from ItoWorld on Vimeo.
OpenStreetMap is a wiki-style map of the world and this animation produces a flash of white each time a new way is entered or when an existing way is updated. Some edits are a result of a physical local survey by someone with a GPS unit, other edits will have been done remotely using aerial photography or out-of-copyright maps. Others are based on bulk imports of official or commercial datasets that are available using a suitable 'share-alike' licence.
OpenStreetMap started in 2004 and the rate of contributions has been accelerating with four times as many people contributing to the project in 2008 compared to 2007 and with bulk imports of data for the Belarus, India, Italy, USA and for many other places.
Supporting OpenStreetMap is an important part of ITO's business which is focused on providing high-quality on-line transport and mapping services to both organisations and individuals in the UK and around the world.
We also post still images on Flickr.