First Drafts of History is a Tumblr that collects screen shots of the first versions of various Wikipedia entries.
Some of them are humorously incomplete and surprisingly accurate.
The data visualization site, Information is Beautiful, recently published an infographic of Common MythConceptions, which borrows its data from Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions. This is related to my earlier post on the list.
Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions is by no means complete or authroatative, but it is packed with tons of interesting—and well cited—factoids. This list is nearly as fun as the list of logical fallacies and the list of cognitive biases. (via Kottke.org)
Wikipedia article traffic statistics
This list of the top 1,000 Wikipedia articles is rather disappointing.
The most comprehensive and up-to-date encyclopedia in the world looks like a movie trivia website or a People Magazine subsection when you look at its most popular pages.
Could Wikipedia write itself?
Rebecca J. Rosen reports in The Atlantic on an effort to automate more of the updates in Wikipedia through the new project called Wikidata.
The current plans are for the project to roll out in three phases over the next year. The first phase, set to be completed by this August, is the centralization of all the different points of data in Wikipedia across languages whose updates could be coordinated. The second phase allows for people to begin collaboratively building the database’s datasets. They hope to finish that by the end of this year. The final phase “will allow for the automatic creation of lists and charts based on the data in Wikidata.” By March of next year Wikimedia Deutschland hopes to turn the database over to the Wikimedia Foundation.
There’s more information about Wikidata on Wikimedia.org.