Challenge: Visualize the impact of Wikipedia

Posted to Contests  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

If you’re like me, you’ve probably used Wikipedia at least once in the past week (or day… or hour). It’s had a huge impact on how we find information and keep history up-to-date. The online encyclopedia turned 10 this year, and to celebrate, WikiSym and the Wikimedia foundation recently launched a challenge: WikiViz 2011.

WikiViz 2011 is about visualizing the impact of Wikipedia. We want to see the most effective, compelling and creative data-driven visualizations of how Wikipedia impacted the world with its content, culture and open collaboration model. Potential topics include: the imprint of Wikipedia on knowledge sharing and access to information; its impact on literacy and education, journalism and research; on the functioning of scientific and cultural organizations and businesses, as well as the daily life of individuals around the world.

There are lots of small datasets within Wikipedia articles, but Wikipedia itself is also one giant (open) dataset. For example, we’ve seen the history of the world according to tagged events as well as back and forth discussions for deletion.

Can you find something good? Judged by Moritz Stefaner, Andrew Vande Moere, and Kim Rees, among others, winners get to attend WikiSym on the house and of course get a mention or two.

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