Mapping Wikipedia

Map of geotagged Wikipedia articles (Mark Graham)

Mark Graham has mapped the half-million or so geotagged Wikipedia articles to show how many have been written about each country. Not surprisingly, the U.S. leads with 90,000 articles; Anguilla, on the other hand, has four.

Almost all of Africa is poorly represented in Wikipedia. Remarkably there are more Wikipedia articles written about Antarctica than all but one of the fifty-three countries in Africa (or perhaps even more amazingly, there are more Wikipedia articles written about the fictional places of Middle Earth and Discworld than about many countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia).

He’s also created maps normalizing the country-by-country data by area and by population. His work has gotten some traction: he’s also written about this in a subsequent article in the Guardian.

Via Boing Boing.