This page shows a selection of stunning visualizations based on Wikimedia content, found on the web. All are eye candy. Many marvel at the sheer size of Wikipedia. Some excel in providing new insights. Judge for yourself.
Also notice how circles are really en vogue with visualizers :-)
Unless stated otherwise none of the web sites is affiliated with or endorsed by the Wikimedia Foundation.
IBM: History Flow
Tod Holloway: The 'Power Struggle' in Wikipedia
Yonathan Feinberg: Wordle
This chart is based on the full text of the English Wikipedia article on Barack Obama (19 June 2009 18:06 GMT) The size of a word in the visualization is proportional to the number of times the word appears in the input text. Any text can function as input.
László Kozma: WikipediaVision
Will Muto: The WIKIPEDIA Effect 2.0
Quote: "Using Processing, I am traversing a mere fraction of Wikipedia's massive link structure and creating maps in 3D space. This is a work in progress."
Chris Harrison: Top 50 visited articles on English Wikipedia
Chris Harrison: Clusterball
Myshkin Ingawale : Wikipedia Article Network
eyePlorer.com : The Graphical Knowledge Engine
Simon le Bon : Language Development on Wikipedia
Moritz Stefaner • Dario Taraborelli • Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia:
|Each time a user joins an AfD discussion and recommends to keep, merge, or redirect the article a green segment leaning towards the left is added. Each time a user recommends to delete the article a red segment leaning towards the right is added. As the discussion progresses, the length of the segments as well as the angle slowly decay.|
|A digital creative shop called JESS3 (focussing on branding, animation, data viz) released their visual 'case study' about Wikipedia.|
These maps show the differences between the category structure of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system and Wikipedia.
Produced by: Almila Akdag Salah, Cheng Gao, Krzystof Suchecki, Andrea Scharnhorst ( Knowledge Space Lab, e-humanities group, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Heatmap shows distribution of|
static coords in history articles
|Many Wikipedia articles are tagged with geographic coordinates. Many have references to historic events. Cross referencing these two subsets and plotting them year on year adds up to a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history.|
|WikiDashboard provides a compact graphical rendition of the edit history of a Wikipedia page: which users did contribute most, and when (example). And also on the edit history of one single user. Which articles did he/she update most often, and when (example).|
|Revert Graph seeks to analyze and visualize overall conflict patterns between groups of users on Wikipedia. It enables rapid interactive exploration of those relationships via detailed drilldowns. The model relies on users’ editing history and the relationships between user edits, especially revisions that void previous edits, known as “reverts”. Use cases presented are opinion groups, mediation groups, vandalism fighters, and single controversial editors.|
Terra Incognita visualises how Wikipedia has evolved over the last decade, mapping the geographic articles for over 50 languages.
The maps highlight cultural biases, unexpected areas of focus, the overlaps between languages, and regions that are unique to a language.
There are two versions of the project, one based on Google Maps that is better for browsing Wikipedia articles at the level of countries and regions, the other based on Kartograph that shows how the articles are structured using a variety of world map projections.
|What if you would sort all geo-tagged articles in the English Wikipedia by their id, and then plot them in that order on a world map? A movie shows how Wikipedia has spread over the planet since the start of the Wikipedia project.|
|A live visualization of Wikipedia Edits|
Winner of WikiViz 2011 visualization contest|
This is a tool for exploring the global connections between Wikipedia's pages and its users. The visualization represents 246 languages, 212 locations, and 1190 connections. Countries and languages can each be sorted in a number of ways, and all data represented is available via hover over. Regions can be highlighted, as well as countries with surprisingly high usage and low internet access, or surprisingly low usage and high internet access. Built with Processing and R.
2002: Spanish Wikipedia 'forks', rebirth follows.
Animation shows how wikis grow over the years. |
X axis shows age of wiki. Y axis shows number of articles. Radius of circles shows number of editors. Color shows average size of articles.
Animation requires pretty recent browser (html5 canvas). Here is prerecorded flash version.
2002: Spanish Wikipedia 'forks', rebirth follows.
Animation shows how approx. 400,000 daily edits on all Wikipedia's combined are spread over the globe, over the day and over the different language projects.
Heat maps and bubble maps give a more concise overview over the data.
Animation requires pretty recent browser (html5 canvas).