Wikipedia Live Monitor
April 17, 2013 12:52 PM   Subscribe

Wikipedia Live Monitor is an experimental site that scans Wikipedia edits real-time searching for frenzied editing sessions. Matches are compared with "plausibility checks" on Facebook, Google etc.. to see if there is something in the news, thus quickly pinpointing unexpected events.
posted by stbalbach (17 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I let it run for about 10 minutes just before posting this, and it returned the Boston Marathon bombing as breaking news, because of events today.
posted by stbalbach at 12:54 PM on April 17, 2013

I believe my new band name will be "Frenzied Editing Sessions".

Kinda cool, but needs work in the UI department. In particular the individual entries need to be much much smaller with an option to break them out.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:56 PM on April 17, 2013

The Articles Edited Right Now stream is hypnotic.

Article clusters right after I clicked:

Ricin, Harlem Shake, UK miners' strike (1984–1985)

Sounds about right.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:58 PM on April 17, 2013

The Cosmic Background Weirdness Monitor made reality! I love living in the future sometimes.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:59 PM on April 17, 2013 [3 favorites]

The software is open source so it should be easy to run this locally for other things besides breaking news.
posted by stbalbach at 1:12 PM on April 17, 2013

Now all we need is Veidt
posted by fullerine at 1:19 PM on April 17, 2013

The Javascript refreshing limits its usefulness, I think - it would be better if it was continuous between sessions. Good job overall though.
posted by LukeLockhart at 1:28 PM on April 17, 2013

Here is the academic paper that describes what is happening here. I like how they use the term "An educated guesstimation" in their "Premature evaluation" section. Both those terms would also make good band names.
posted by salishsea at 1:45 PM on April 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

This idea is awesome but it seems to be not working. I see activity above, but the "monitoring..." parts never fill in. And one of them disappears.
posted by DU at 2:19 PM on April 17, 2013

Punditry: premature evaluation
posted by furtive at 2:25 PM on April 17, 2013

I appreciate how prominent their "Read the paper" link is.
posted by James Scott-Brown at 2:33 PM on April 17, 2013

Seems like right now Wikipedia is all about football. (Soccer for you filthy 'murricans)
posted by ymgve at 2:37 PM on April 17, 2013

This is mesmerizing. Combine this with a version that constantly scans 4chan and Reddit and you've just put the Huffington Post out of business. (DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of the Huffington Post.)
posted by Frobenius Twist at 2:50 PM on April 17, 2013 [3 favorites]

Last Sunday afternoon, I watched talented young Australian golfer Adam Scott win The Masters. Who, thought I, is Adam Scott? To Wikipedia I turned.

And that's how I learned that (for at least a few moments on Sunday afternoon) Adam Scott's nickname was "Shackle Dragger Magoo".

THERE'S your band name.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:02 PM on April 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I like how they use the term "An educated guesstimation"

No one ever likes reading the word 'guesstimation'. I don't know why people still bother writing it.
posted by Ned G at 3:27 PM on April 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh great, another way to get lost in Wikipedia.
posted by fredludd at 4:59 PM on April 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

"To Wikipedia I turned."

You forgot the [/Zoidberg]
posted by sneebler at 6:25 AM on April 18, 2013

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