Data Visualization A map of English Wikipedia pages geotagged in Africa.

Published on July 30th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Create Maps of Wikipedia’s Geotagged Articles

“Mapping Wikipedia” lets users visualize every geotagged Wikipedia page that’s been edited since 2001. The customizable mapping tool, created by the Oxford Internet Institute and visualization company TraceMedia, can display Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Hebrew, and Swahili Wikipedia pages colored according to word count, number of authors, number of anonymous edits, and other characteristics. Trends emerge, such as pages’ tendencies to cluster around interstate highways in the United States and the fact that West Africa has far more pages in English than Central Africa. Users can also discern individual Wikipedians’ personal projects. For example, a cluster of edits on the Arabic Wikipedia reveals that a lone editor created pages for every London Underground station. 

 

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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