On Wikipedia, there are constant edits by people around the world. You can poke your head in on the live recent edits via the IRC feed from Wikimedia. Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi are scraping the anonymous edits, which include IP addresses (which can be easily mapped to location), and naturally, you can see them pop up on a map.
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Most Popular Fields of Study, Since 1970
Based on bachelor’s degrees conferred, here are the fields that were and are currently popular.