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The World Viewed Thru Wikipedia’s Articles

Wikipedia World View

Wikipedia World View

Who does not know or refer to Wikipedia today? Articles cover all sorts of topics — in fact, whatever interest their authors. Many articles have references to historic events. When Gareth Llyod and Tom Martin cross-referenced the historic events with their coordinates, a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia’s view of world history emerged: empires fall, wars break out and continents are discovered.

They pulled out 424,000 Wikipedia articles with coordinates and 35,000 references to events, cross-referenced them to produce about 15,000 events with locations. When they map the results over time, you get “A history of the world in 100 seconds.”

A History of the World in 100 Seconds from Gareth Lloyd on Vimeo.

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