Animated Map Shows One Year of Edits to OpenStreetMap

Posted to Maps  |  Nathan Yau

I admit it. I’m a sucker for animated maps – especially when there’s music playing in the back. I’m not exactly sure what it is about them. It’s data visualization over time and virtual (or physical?) space fast forwarded and rewound. It’s like I’m a supreme being looking at changes over time, peering down from above. It’s intuitive. It’s very visually linked with the real world, and that’s probably why I chose Britain From Above as the best visualization of 2008.

ANYWAYS, check out this animation by ITO that shows the edits to OpenStreetMap, a wiki-style map of the world, over the last year.

Find high resolution pics at the Flickr photo pool.

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