OpenStreetMap Database Contains 34 Million km Of Roads And 78 Million Buildings

Geoff Zeiss | Between the Poles | June 7, 2013

OpenStreetMap (OSM) was started in 2004 largely motivated by the expensive and restrictive licensing of the government spatial data available in the UK at the time.  Since then OSM has defined crowdsourcing in the geospatial domain. 

August 9th 2004 was the day that the first user registered the domain and started the project.  I blogged about March 16th, 2009 when the 100 000th user registered on OpenStreetMap.  On January 6, 2013, OpenStreetMap crossed the one million users mark.  The number is currently about 1.1 million registered users. [...]