May 13, 2010

Wikipedia Vision

We wanted to use this post to draw attention to an interesting project that maps anonymous Wikipedia edits in almost real-time. The project extracts data from Wikipedia's recent changes page, geolocates the IP addresses and plugs everything into the Google Maps API. So, for example, in at the moment the screenshot below was taken, somebody in Newcastle, England was editing the rather extensive article on the list of Desperate Housewives characters.

Be warned: you can spend a long time being mesmorised by random Wikipedia edits flashing around the world.

4 comments:

  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. You may want to issue a better warning...

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  3. Now that I'm thinking about it, one could foreseeably turn real-time viewing into a drinking game of sorts. And yes, only a college student thinks of such applications.

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  4. @Struckbylightning7times - that is possibly one of the best ideas I have ever heard!

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