Wednesday, 31 December 2008

OpenStreetMap Animation for 2008

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.


Anonymous said...


Helps a lot to realise how BIG this project really is.

Thank you!

-Martin, mapping in Germany...

Anonymous said...

Is there some way to see the video without having to use proprietary software from adobe? With gnash 0.8.4 the page just says "To watch this video, you need Flash 9". I can create a theora video if I can somehow figure out how to play this in gnash first.

Hal Bertram said...

We will make the video available in other formats soon. In the meantime, are you able to download the video from the bottom-right of the Vimeo page and view/convert in mplayer/vlc/xine etc?

Anonymous said...

Simply awesome guys, love the online tool so we can create shots of our local area as well.
A quick blog post about you.

Skippern said...

Great work, would also like to see a similar video focused on southern America, Brazil have really improved in 2008, and I hope more people will contribute in 2009. We are seriously short handed here.

Peter Miller said...

I am glad you like it!. I have just uploaded some still images of South America to our ITO World Flickr Site and have also updated the 'A year of edits' image on my personal Flickr site.

We will see if we can sort out an animation for South America as well, but the process is still a bit manual so no promises about when.

Peter Miller - ITO World

Anonymous said...

I downloaded the video from vimeo when I realized that I need to register to save it. I added some theora versions to