Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mapping Live Edits to Wikipedia
The Hatnote Wikipedia Recent Changes Map is a real-time map of live edits being made to Wikipedia by unregistered users.
Unregistered users are far more likely to make incorrect, false or spam changes to Wikipedia. Only 15% of the contributions to English Wikipedia are from unregistered users. So the map actually represents only a small portion of the total edit activity on Wikipedia.
The map reminds me of WikipediaVision, a Google Map of real-time map edits to Wikipedia.
The map displays an information window for each edit, with the title of the article, the summary of the edit (if a summary was given), a link to the changes that were made to the article and the time the edit happened.
Mapping Wikipedia is a project from TraceMedia and the Oxford Internet Institute.
Using the Google Maps API Mapping Wikipedia allows you to view the geography of all geotagged Wikipedia articles in a number of different languages. It can also create maps based on the word count of articles, the date created, number of authors, and number of images.
If you are interested about how the map was created TraceMedia has provided an outline of the tools used in building the application.