Title

Visualizing and Exploring Evolving Information Networks in Wikipedia

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

Information networks in Wikipedia evolve as users collaboratively edit articles that embed the networks. These information networks represent both the structure and content of community’s knowledge and the networks evolve as the knowledge gets updated. By observing the networks evolve and finding their evolving patterns, one can gain higher order knowledge about the networks and conduct longitudinal network analysis to detect events and summarize trends. In this paper, we present SSNetViz+, a visual analytic tool to support visualization and exploration of Wikipedia’s information networks. SSNetViz+ supports time-based network browsing, content browsing and search. Using a terrorism information network as an example, we show that different timestamped versions of the network can be interactively explored. As information networks in Wikipedia are created and maintained by collaborative editing efforts, the edit activity data are also shown to help detecting interesting events that may have happened to the network. SSNetViz+ also supports temporal queries that allow other relevant nodes to be added so as to expand the network being analyzed.

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

The Role of Digital Libraries in a Time of Global Change: 12th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2010, Gold Coast, Australia, June 21-25, 2010. Proceedings

Volume

6102

First Page

50

Last Page

60

ISBN

9783642136542

Identifier

10.1007/978-3-642-13654-2_7

Publisher

Springer Verlag

City or Country

Brisbane, Australia

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13654-2_7