Wikistalker illustrates the relations between objects and concepts by visualizing the semantic relevance between the inter-connected structure of Wikipedia articles.

In this visualization, each bar (or ray) represents an outgoing link from the Wikipedia article with its length corresponding to the semantic relevance of two connected articles.

It creates an alternative reading and navigation experience of Wikipedia articles, totally different from the conventional experience in the medium of the web by highlighting what the related things to a concept are, and guiding navigation toward more related articles. It also revisits the idea behind ‘Web Stalker‘, visualizing the structure and connections between different elements of cyberspace, instead of showing the content.

Wikistalker is also a tool for the cartography of beings from the collective perspective of Wikipedia contributors mined by machine learning algorithms. This gives a broader picture of the inter-connected entities of the world mirrored within the structure of Wikipedia. The semantic relevance measure is calculated by data mining the Wikipedia corpus using Wikipedia Miner algorithm.

This project is implemented in HTML5 using d3.js and jquery

You can filter links by their relatedness using the sliding bar and sort them alphabetically or by relevance and also compare the meta structure of the visited articles by using history tab.

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Posted Oct 15, 2011
Views: 3108
Tags #stratanyc2013, alternative wikipedia navigation, d3.js, information network, meta-structure, ontography, semantic cartography, semantic relevance, stratanyc2013, Wikipedia, wikipedia visualization
Tools d3.js, HTML5, jquery
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