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OpenStreetMap: A Year of Edits Video

OSM 2008: A Year of Edits from ItoWorld on Vimeo.

The movie above detailing edits to the project during 2008 was produced using a custom written Open GL package running on a Linux workstation. 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. (

This animation was produced by with financial support from;Various stills are available from The music is 'Open Electro' by Vincent Girès' and can be downloaded from

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