This is an archive of animation as InfoVis using world maps that I found on web and have featured in my blog.
The History of Urbanisation
3700 BC – 2000 AD, in an animated map.
The History of Religion
An animated map shows how religion spread around the world, 3000BC to present.
I have done a very rough summary of where this animation says we are at in the present day.
Untangling the Air Traffic Network
This “map” is the result of the application of a force-directed layout algorithm on a graph of 3,275 airport. See the website for more details, and an animated gif where the map morphs between the force-directed and geographic layouts.
A History of the World in 100 Seconds
A video that visualises all the Wikipedia articles that have co-ordinates and historical dates associated with them.
World Earthquakes 2000-2015
A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion since 1945
An animated map by Isao Hashimoto. Below is a screenshot. Click on the link to see the whole thing.