Watch in real-time how the people from around the world edit Wikipedia with the Recent Changes Map


Ever wondered just how often and by how many people update Wikipedia? Just now, someone in Paris edited the article on scientific notation and a few seconds later, the article on cooperative storage cloud was updated in the Czech Republic. This real time map will give you a glimpse of that, showing you the articles that are being edited and from where in the world that edit took place.

The Wikipedia Recent Changes Map was built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi:

This map listens to live feeds of Wikipedia revisions, broadcast using wikimon. We built the map using a few nice libraries and services, including d3, DataMaps, and This project was inspired by WikipediaVision’s (almost) real-time edit visualization.

However, the map is simply a peek at all the edits going on worldwide. This is due to the fact that the data is comprised only of unregistered users that are identified by their IP addresses. Registered users on the other hand, don’t have their location data revealed. And according to recent statistics, unregistered users make up just 15% of the edits being made on the site.

You can check out the map yourself from the link below.

Wikipedia Recent Changes Map homepage

[via Ars Technica]

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