Mapping Wikipedia: Geolocated Articles as a Proxy of Culture and Attention | Digital Humanities Specialist

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Such is the nature of the modern university that a sudden spark of inspiration can lead to a quick and radical dive into data that, once upon a time, would have taken supercomputers and manpower far beyond the reach of humanities scholars.  When Jon Christensen proposed we explore the possibilities of mapping culture in urban areas, I immediately thought of Eric Fischer’s work mapping Twitter and Flickr users in an attempt to describe how we talk about certain things but photograph others.  In a stroke of good timing, I’d recently seen Claudia Engel, academic technology specialist for Anthropology, demonstrate using the Drupal Feeds module to pull in geolocated articles from DBpedia, the database version of Wikipedia.  I thought, why not map the places that had Wikipedia articles associated with them, to see what patterns emerged.  The results of this excursion are presented below

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