WikiViz 2011: Visualizing the impact of Wikipedia

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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Wikipedia, and its impressive growth in content, quality, diversity, and readership, the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym) and the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) are jointly launching WikiViz 2011 – a call for data/information visualization experts, computational journalists, data artists and data scientists to create the most insightful visualization of Wikipedia’s impact.
WikiViz 2011 is about visualizing the impact of Wikipedia using open data. We want to see the most effective, compelling and creative data-driven visualizations of how Wikipedia impacted the world with its content, culture and open collaboration model. Potential topics include: the imprint of Wikipedia on knowledge sharing and access to information; its impact on literacy and education, journalism and research; on the functioning of scientific and cultural organizations and businesses, as well as the daily life of individuals around the world. In addition, we want to see visualizations of areas of knowledge, geographical regions, organizations and people Wikipedia has not been able to reach or has impacted less than one would have expected. In summary, the main goal of this competition is to improve our understanding of how Wikipedia is affecting the world beyond the scope of its own community.


The WikiViz 2011 Awarding Ceremony will take place on October 4, at WikiSym 2011 main venue, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley campus (Mountain View, California). The ceremony will open with keynote speaker Jeff Heer (Stanford University), on the impact of emerging visualization techniques to understand open collaboration today.
Three finalist teams (1 winner, 2 runners-up) will be invited to present their work at WikiSym 2011, in Mountain View (California). Travel expenses and registration fees will be covered for one delegate per finalist team. The submissions from these three teams will be showcased at the WikiSym 2011 exhibit, presented during the WikiViz awards ceremony and featured by our Knowledge and Media Partners (Unidad Editorial, Periscopic, Information Aesthetics, and Flowing Data).
Furthermore, Spanish media group Unidad Editorial will run a voting process in September, among the visitors of El, (the largest digital newspaper in Spanish by readership worldwide), to select the “Public’s choice” visualization among the top 10 submissions received. The winner will be featured in the digital edition of El Mundo.


The finalists will be selected by a jury composed of world-class experts in data visualization and social computing:

How to participate

Please, refer to the WikiViz call for participation to learn more details about terms and conditions to participate, submission instructions, selection rules and evaluation criteria. Only entries based on open data and licensed under a Wikimedia Commons-compatible open license will be considered.

Important dates

  • June 29, 2011: Challenge call for submissions.
  • August 28, 2011: Submission deadline (extended).
  • September 12, 2011: Winner and finalist submissions announced.
  • October 4, 2011: WikiViz awards session, WikiSym 2011 (Mountain View, CA).


For any questions, comments or interest in supporting or collaborating with this challenge, please contact the co-organizers at:

You can also follow us on Twitter: @WikiViz (tag your tweets with #wikiviz11).


WikiViz 2011 is the second of two data challenges the Wikimedia Foundation is organizing this summer. If you are interesting in building predictive models of Wikipedia editor activity, check out the Wikipedia participation challenge


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