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An Emergent Mosaic of Wikipedian Activity

Authors Bruce Herr (Indiana University), Todd Holloway (Indiana University), Katy Borner (Indiana University)
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About the authors
Bruce Herr is a CS graduate from Indiana University working in Katy Börner's Information Visualization Lab and Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center as a visualization researcher and software developer. He enjoys making cool, extensible, usable, and maintainable software and visualizations.
Todd Holloway is a PhD student in computer science at Indiana University.
Katy Börner' research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques that information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation.
Abstract
We present a visualization that provides a means for active Wikipedians and passive users to see activity going on in Wikipedia at a global scale. Wikipedians can see what is currently being worked on and either police them or join in. The mosaic itself serves to help everyone get a feel for what areas are covered in Wikipedia and to provide striking landmarks for quickly finding related articles.
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