This morning, OpenStreetMap was covered on the hugely popular Boing Boing blog. The post, linked to a full story at digital-lifestyles, describes the critical mass like effort of 30+ mapping enthusiasts who plan to map the Isle of Wight off the UK coast. The effort will produce a spectrum of spatial data that will be distributed under the Creative Commons license.
The intention, beyond gathering good data, is to show that is does not take a government entity, e.g. the Ordnance Survey, to bring spatial data to the people. Great project, I can't wait to see the results.