The State of Wikipedia

Leading data visualization firm JESS3 produced the video. "To be able to educate people about how and why Wikipedia works was the challenge"

The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history and inner-workings of the web-based encyclopedia, but it's also a celebration of its 10th anniversary. With more than 17 million articles in over 270 languages, Wikipedia has undoubtedly become one of the most visited and relied upon sites on the web today.

Reading the entire English Wikipedia: It's possible

Reading the entire English Wikipedia: It's possible.

If you don't like the idea of not sleeping for almost 15 years, here's an alternative plan. If you dedicated "only" 12 hours per day to reading Wikipedia and you read at average reading speed of 300 words per minute, it would take you 30 years to read 1447 volumes of Wikipedia. For Howard Stephen Berg it would take 130 days or a little bit more than 4 months.


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Real-time visualization of Wikipedia edits

You're looking at team Nodelay's entry into Node Knockout, a 48hr programming contest to explore node.js. They decided to transform the output of Wikipedia's IRC edit tracking bot into a tidy stream of JSON objects, annotated with information from external datasources, and then visualize that stream.

(Warning: takes lot of CPU resource; but interesting to look)

Wikipedia Content Curation Infographic

Ever wonder how Wikipedia maintains such a high degree of quality material on any given subject? They have an army of unpaid content curators. They also have you.

The all-volunteer team of curators is constantly checking new submissions to ensure they meet the rules that Wikipedia established that were designed to prevent self-promotion, that articles only reference reliable sources, and establish levels of 'notability' for things that get their own article. Those that don’t meet the guidelines, they remove.