Full interview: Mark Graham on Wikipedia's geographic blind spots

Wikipedia articles by country

The map above shows the geographic distribution of Wikipedia articles. Darker blues mean more geotagged articles per country. According to researcher Mark Graham, who created the map, Wikipedia has some pretty prominent blind spots:

Almost all of Africa is poorly represented in Wikipedia. Remarkably there are more Wikipedia articles written about Antarctica than all but one of the fifty-three countries in Africa (or perhaps even more amazingly, there are more Wikipedia articles written about the fictional places of Middle Earth and Discworld than about many countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia).

This morning, Nora talked to Mark about representation on Wikipedia, and how sometimes, our virtual worlds don't match up to the real world. A shorter version of this interview will air on Spark 93, but you can download the MP3. [runs 15:56]

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