February 24, 2021

Visualizations: The World of Wikipedia's Languages Mapped

From The Guardian: What happens if you map every geotagged Wikipedia article – and then analyse it for language use? A team of Oxford University researchers has found out. [Clip] Mark Graham and the team at the Oxford Internet Institute (who’ve mapped zombies and every geotagged picture on Flickr) decided to find out as part […]

New comparative study to re-examine the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia

From the Wikimedia Blog: The Wikimedia Foundation has commissioned a new small-scale study to examine the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia articles. This study, currently being undertaken by Epic, a UK-based e-learning company, and Oxford University, employs greater rigor than the Nature study, involves academics and scholars, and will examine more than just English language […]

Video: Lecture: "Wikipedia, WikiLeaks and Wiccans: Historical Accuracy Online"

From Vanderbilt University News: Watch video of John Seigenthaler, a nationally recognized advocate for the First Amendment also known for his criticism of Internet vandals who post false information on user-created sites like Wikipedia, speaking Oct. 21 at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. Seigenthaler is the founder of the First Amendment Center, former president of the American […]

From the NY Public Library Blog: "Wikipedia! The Musical! A Review!"

From a NYPL Blog Post by Bob Kosovsky, Library for the Performing Arts, Music Division: On October 22, “Wikipedia! The Musical!” was staged at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Despite its whimsical name, it was not really a musical but an editathon — a chance to edit Wikipedia with a group of […]

New from Wolfram|Alpha: Compute the Cost of Living Today

From the W|A Blog: We’ve blogged before about Wolfram|Alpha’s powerful relocation calculator, which has turned out to be one of our more popular—and practical—features. Our last round of enhancements added information about broad topics like population, home sale prices, unemployment rates, and more; now we’ve added more detail to the core cost-of-living categories, so you […]

"An MIT Researcher Explains Why Wikipedia Succeeded Over Other Online Encyclopedias"

From Business Insider: In a talk yesterday afternoon at Harvard’s Berkman Center, Berkman fellow (and MIT Media Lab/Sloan School of Management researcher) Benjamin Mako Hill presented his research into that question, focusing on what seems to be the key distinguishing success factor: the fact that Wikipedia was able to attract legions of contributors while the […]

Two Visualizations: Wikipedia Edits During Middle-East Protests & Global Pulse (Twitter During Japan Earthquake)

These visualizations were recently shared on VisualComplexitity and added to their wonderful searchable/browsable database. 1. Wikipedia Edits During Middle-East Protests by Elijah Meeks [The four images shown] are from a short, dynamic visualization of edits to Wikipedia pages from December 1st to February 20th, 2011. It focuses on pages about nations where protests and revolutions […]

"On Wikipedia, Echoes of 9/11 'Edit Wars'"

From the New York Times: As the nation marked this terrible anniversary, people invariably turned to Wikipedia to learn about the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly two million page views were registered last September for the article “September 11 Attacks,” a typically Wikipedian effort with exhaustive, even picayune, details of the events, bolstered by […]

New Full Text Research Paper: "WP: Clubhouse? An Exploration of Wikipedia's Gender Imbalance"

Update: Here’s a Link to the Full Text Research Paper Discussed Below: “WP:Clubhouse? An Exploration of Wikipedia’s Gender Imbalance” New research on gender issues relating to Wikipedia (a topic getting more and more notice) from the U. of Minnesota. Via Discovery News: The team used self-reported gender information from more than 110,000 editors between 2005 […]

"Wikipedia says it's losing contributors"

From the AP (via Sydney Morning Herald): Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that is written entirely by volunteers and allows anyone to edit its entries, is losing contributors, its founder complained Thursday. Speaking with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the website’s annual conference, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the nonprofit company that runs the […]