Owen took 2014's 100,000 most viewed articles on Wikipedia and created a point for each article. He then mapped those points, using the hyperlinks found in those articles to determine where those points are mapped in relation to every other point.
Sound complicated? It can be. Regardless, the outcome is fascinating.
If each article or point is a star, then each interests or categories become nebulas. Within the large cluster seen bellow, a smaller cluster would be a interest or category such as entertainers, sports teams, or places in London. Each color represents a theme such as people, history, or culture.
Can you even imagine what it would be like to lose Wikipedia at this point? Who would tell us who that one girl was that was on that one show you watched when you were 9 years old? Who would give you a listing of every US State, sorted by motor vehicles stolen per 100,000 citizens? Can we even fathom how much money that would cost or how skewed the information would be based on who's sponsoring that website?
While WCS takes money to edit Wikipedia, we do so with the understanding that Wikipedia is bigger than all of us and we have a responsibility to protect and build it.
It seems safe to say that Wikipedia is the largest and most used source of human knowledge on the planet. And it just keeps growing. As humanity continues, it's recorded on Wikipedia. Will you be recorded in the most widely used record of humanity?
Want to see it in action? You can find it here.
WCS wants to help Wikipedia grow as well as play a role in presenting you or your organization in the most thorough and factual way possible. Let us help you.