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Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. Author/Speaker/Consultant
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Thursday, November 19, 2015  

Wikipedia Recent Changes Map

Wikipedia is constantly growing, and it is written by people around the world. To illustrate this, they have created a map of recent changes on Wikipedia, which displays the approximate location of unregistered users and the article that they edit. When an unregistered user makes a contribution to Wikipedia, he or she is identified by his or her IP address. These IP addresses are translated to the contributor’s approximate geographic location. A study by Fabian Kaelin in 2011 noted that unregistered users make approximately 20% of the edits on English Wikipedia [edit: likely closer to 15%, according to more recent statistics], so Wikipedia’s stream of recent changes includes many other edits that are not shown on this map. You may see some users add non-productive or disruptive content to Wikipedia. A survey in 2007 indicated that unregistered users are less likely to make productive edits to the encyclopedia. Do not fear: improper edits can be removed or corrected by other users, including you! This map listens to live feeds of Wikipedia revisions, broadcast using wikimon. They have built the map using a few nice libraries and services, including d3, DataMaps, and freegeoip.net. This project was inspired by WikipediaVision’s (almost) real-time edit visualization. The Wikipedia Recent Changes Map is open source and available on github. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

posted by Marcus Zillman | 3:32 AM
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