Mapping edits to Wikipedia from Africa

Egypt made more edits to Wikipedia than any other African country between 2010 and 2011, according to new research.

Mapping Edits to Wikipedia from Africa

Mapping Edits to Wikipedia from Africa via Oxford Internet Institute under a Creative Commons licence.

A map of edits to Wikipedia from Africa shows more changes originating in Egypt than anywhere else in the continent, followed by South Africa. While the number of internet users in a country explains some of the patterns, it does not explain all of the variations, writes Dr Mark Graham a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Nigeria, for example, which is located in west Africa has more than 45 million internet users but only an average of between 1,001 and 2,500 edits over three months. The map was made using quarterly data about the total number of edits to all version of Wikipedia from any territory, averaged over a two-year period from 2010 to 2011.

Graham Reynolds is currently working on a paper that examines these inequalities in participation, which you can find out more about here.

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