Visualizing the ‘Power Struggle’ in Wikipedia


 A new visualization by Bruce Herr and crews……(wikipedia)

They say,

 “Much like my, we began this piece by representing the data as a network.  In this case the nodes in the network are wikipedia articles and the edges are the links between articles.  We then (with some help from our friends at Sandia) used an algorithm to lay out all 650,000 nodes (wikipedia articles) that had at least one link in such a way that similar articles are near one another.  These are the yellow dots, which when viewed at low res give a yellow tint to the whole picture. 

The sizes of the nodes (circles, dots, whatever you want to call them), are based on a model of revision activity.  So large circles indicate that an article might be controversial, or the subject of lots of vandalism, or just a topic whose content frequently changes. Let me mention its appearing at the NetSci 2007 Conference.  We labeled only the largest nodes, to keep it readable.  There is an interactive version of this in the works based on the google maps platform which will change the labels and pictures used as the user ‘zooms’ in or out.  Stay tuned for that”.     

Very interesting thing to notice, wikipedia had tried some diagram representation to represent how much they have tried, struggled to enclosure the world wide information around the web which is said to be internet..