Monday, June 29, 2009

Live data again: WikiDashboard visualizes the editing patterns of 'David Rohde' case...

Yesterday, NYTimes finally broke the silence on the kidnapping of David S. Rohde by the Taliban. Turns out, Rohde had escaped, and that the news media finally reported the kidnapping since the publicity on the case would no longer be a bargaining chip for his captors. The NYTimes article showed how keeping this news off of Wikipedia was nearly impossible if it weren't for the coordinated effort of several administrators and Jimbo Wales himself.

WikiDashboard visualized this editing pattern directly. In the figure below, I've highlighted the various edit wars between the anonymous editors (97.106.51.95; 97.106.45.230; and 97.106.52.36, which are believed to be the same person) and some of the administrators such as Rjd0060 and MBisanz and the involvement of a robot XLinkBot. You can also see the huge attention on this article in the last week or so in the visualization.


Check out the editing history and the edit war in detail by reading the edit history.

All of this makes for a great way for us to announce that WikiDashboard now works on the live Wikipedia data again; Thanks to the heroic efforts of Bongwon Suh in my group. He figured out how to execute his SQL query in a quick way on the new DB server.

4 comments:

Sérgio Nunes said...

I followed your suggestion and checked this article on WikiChanges. Yes, something happened in November.

http://sergionunes.com/p/wikichanges/?q=David_S._Rohde

Ed H. Chi said...

Yes, the chart you linked to is essentially the top part of the wikidashboard visualization. They show the same data and the same trend.

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