WikipediaVision

screenshot of wikipediavisionLike Jess, I find watching this map where wikipedia edits rather fascinating. Look how these edits pop up almost as fast as they happen. This is the same principle as the World as a Blog map*, of course, both visualisations being splendid ways of letting us see how we’re collaborating, now, in a sense, across vast distances.

I actually imagined that Wikipedia edits were more frequent than this map suggests, just as I found the World as a Blog’s reporting of blog posts surprisingly sparse. Indeed, the Wikipedia’s Recent Changes page shows more than 50 changes made just in the last minute. Clearly the WikipediaVision map leaves out a fair bit of the world, but even considering that, they must be using some algorithm that leaves out most edits in their visualisation. I wonder why?

*Which seems no longer to work?

15. January 2008 by Jill
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