Poster Submissions


Distribution of Location References in Wikipedia

Simon Overell
MMIS Group, Imperial College London

Stefan Rueger
MMIS Group, KMi, The Open University

This poster will present our work mining location references from different language versions of Wikipedia. The extracted events will be visualised on a map. We will demonstrate that despite Wikipedia's best efforts for neutrality, cultural biases are introduced. This analysis of Wikipedia will be of interest to the growing community of researches using Wikipedia as a pool of "World Knowledge."

By analysing different language versions of Wikipedia we can show how different events have significance to different cultures. Finally we calculate a "bias index" for each language version of Wikipedia we analyse, this is the ratio of references to locations within countries where this is the native language spoken to references outside these countries.

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