Wikipedia helps us make sense of the world. In 277 languages from Ukrainian to Urdu, its 36 million articles deepen our understanding of the people, places and ideas that matter to us. While it can feel like a static resource, Wikipedia’s articles are born and nurtured through a thoroughly human process. Behind the scenes, thousands ofÂ WikipediansÂ craft policy that guides decisions about whether an article reflects aÂ neutral point of view, aÂ source should be considered reliable, or a subject isÂ notable enoughÂ to warrant an article.
GeographicÂ differences underlie many differences in editor perspectives. Each editor lives in a particular place in the world, reads specific languages, and represents some national culture. These geographic differences translate to differences between language Wikipedias…
Our research studiesÂ whereÂ information in Wikipedia comes from, a characteristic we callÂ geoprovenance. We focus on the four million Wikipedia articles about places that, along with information such as TripAdvisor reviews and geotagged flickr images, constitutes the rising class of information renowned geographer Michael Goodchild callsÂ volunteered geographic informationÂ (VGI)