April 03, 2012

A new tool to explore the geography of Wikipedia

We know by now that all online platforms have distinct, and highly uneven, geographiesWikipedia is no exception. The team at TraceMedia, as well as the Oxford Internet Institute's Mark Graham and Bernie Hogan, therefore decided to make a tool that would allow people to explore what, and where, is represented in the world's most popular encyclopedia.

The tool is built as part of Mark and Bernie's project to study participation and representation on Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa. It currently allows you to explore the geography of all geotagged Wikipedia articles in Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Hebrew and Swahili. It also allows mapping of a range of metrics including the word count of an article, date created, number of authors, and number of images. 

A few screenshots of the tool are below. You can also read more about how it was built, or simply start playing. The tool is still work in progress, and there is a lot to add and fix, but we hope it is useful in the meantime!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent, I did not know athat we can do it on Wikipedia! I will share that on facebooks, thanks :)

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