Collaborative Visualizations for Wikipedia Critique and Activism


  • Stefano De Sabbata University of Oxford
  • Arzu Çöltekin University of Zurich
  • Kathryn Eccles University of Oxford
  • Scott Hale University of Oxford
  • Ralph Straumann University of Oxford



collaborative visualizations, wikipedia


Wikipedia is one of the largest platforms based on the concept of asynchronous, distributed, collaborative work. A systematic collaborative exploration and assessment of Wikipedia content and coverage is however still largely missing. On the one hand editors routinely perform quality and coverage control of individual articles, while on the other hand academic research on Wikipedia is mostly focused on global issues, and only sporadically on local assessment. In this paper, we argue that collaborative visualizations have the potential to fill this gap, affording editors to collaboratively explore and analyse patterns in Wikipedia content, at different scales. We illustrate how a collaborative visualization service can be an effective tool for editors to create, edit, and discuss public visualizations of Wikipedia data. Combined with the large Wikipedia user-base, and its diverse local knowledge, this could result in a large-scale collection of evidence for critique and activism, and the potential to enhance the quantity and quality of Wikipedia content.




How to Cite

De Sabbata, S., Çöltekin, A., Eccles, K., Hale, S., & Straumann, R. (2021). Collaborative Visualizations for Wikipedia Critique and Activism. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 9(5), 11-16.