Wikipedia is probably the world's most prominent source of reference information. This information is written by editors with their own interests and expertise.

These links indicate individuals who have co-edited many pages together on Wikipedia. We use a custom weighting technique, and filter down to the core editors (in every language except Egyptian Arabic and Swahili where we use everyone). The fact that this core is so well connected indicates the coherence of the Wikipedia community. Yet there are still clusters of editors with their own interests and focus.

We are looking only at the editors who are the most active on pages referring to our "area of interest", broadly the Middle East, North Africa and East Africa. Bots are excluded. Hovering over a node shows the neighbourhood of that node. For some people with few edits this is only a tiny fraction of nodes. For active individuals, this means almost everyone.

Node size is the total number of edits in this region. Color is network cluster using "Louvain" method. We only visualise the Giant Component. Many individuals did not co-edit enough articles to be included. Networks were laid out using ForceAtlas 1 in Gephi, and then imported using Sigma.js, a new javascript library for network analysis.

This visualisation is part of a larger project on representation in the MENA region, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.

Data collected by Mark Graham, Ahmed Medhat Mohammed, Bernie Hogan and Richard Farmbrough, Oxford Internet Institute.
See our project page for more details.

Send questions and comments to Bernie Hogan

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