A Platform for Visually Exploring the Development of Wikipedia Articles


  • Erik Borra University of Amsterdam
  • David Laniado Barcelona Media
  • Esther Weltevrede University of Amsterdam
  • Michele Mauri Politecnico di Milano
  • Giovanni Magni Politecnico di Milano
  • Tommaso Venturini Sciences Po
  • Paolo Ciuccarelli Politecnico di Milano
  • Richar Rogers University of Amsterdam
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner Barcelona Media




Wikipedia, Data Visualization, Peer-production, Edit history


When looking for information on Wikipedia, Internet users generally just read the latest version of an article. However, in its back-end there is much more: associated to each article are the edit history and talk pages, which together entail its full evolution. These spaces can typically reach thousands of contributions, and it is not trivial to make sense of them by manual inspection. This issue also affects Wikipedians, especially the less experienced ones, and constitutes a barrier for new editor engagement and retention. To address these limitations, Contropedia offers its users unprecedented access to the development of an article, using wiki links as focal points.




How to Cite

Borra, E., Laniado, D., Weltevrede, E., Mauri, M., Magni, G., Venturini, T., Ciuccarelli, P., Rogers, R., & Kaltenbrunner, A. (2021). A Platform for Visually Exploring the Development of Wikipedia Articles. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 9(1), 711-712. https://doi.org/10.1609/icwsm.v9i1.14581