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A hooray for common knowledge

This is an amazing short video clip showing off the efforts of the Open Streetmap people in 2008. [Q: M Owens via Planet Ubuntu]
Just like wikipedia or wikileaks and others openstreetmap.org is a totally voluntary effort to describe some aspects of our world we all should be able to know in this so called information age.
Everybody with a computer and some GSM equipment can enter data in a global map to enhance the common geographical knowledge all over the globe.
And apparently people do! Enjoy the show! :)


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

I must confess that I'm not part of this particular crowd, mostly because by sitting at home or driving the Autobahn there's not much to contribute here.
Nevertheless I'm so proud of people who express their ambition to learn and know and share in projects like this.
And once in a while I say what has to be said, and that's the least we should do every time we come across something like this.
Say: Thank you.

In case you don't "get" the use of free common maps, maybe the fact that eg. Nokia sells DRM-ed maps of territories for mobile phones and the likes for something like 7 € a week. After which this map is gone.
Of course you get a nice woman's voice and directions to the opera you're standing in front of anyway, but come on: is a map something that should be licensed to customers by weeks or years?
I don't think so.