Animation of the OpenStreetMap edits of 2008

An animation showing edits to the 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.

The Animation was created by ITO Media. Still screens in higher resolution are available in the Flickr group pool by ITO Media. And the Video of the Animation is here at If you’re interested in the used data: all sources of the OpenStreetMap project are listed here, these resources are also part of the evergrowing DataZoo you might wanna checkout if you’re interested in open datasets.


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