Periscopic Selected as a Knowledge Partner for WikiViz 2011

We’re so honored to have been selected as a knowledge partner for the WikiMedia Foundation’s WikiViz 2011: Visualizing the impact of Wikipedia. Kim Rees, our founding partner, will be among the world-class experts that will jury the symposium’s awards.

Here’s an excerpt from the Wikimedia blog:

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.

We at Periscopic are really, really excited for this event, and strongly encourage people to participate and help visualize the impact of open, accessible information.

Read the whole piece on the wikimedia site, and then check out the WikiViz call for participation to learn more.

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