Zoom in on the way Wikipedia
constructs cultural heritage knowledge
Betweeness centrality (a measure of the pages one
might most often click through), we find
• ‘post-structuralism’ as the top five.
• The article on the Colosseum turns up at rank 11.
Overall Structure: Eigenvector
• Amazon product page for ‘Cross-Cultural
Scientific Exchanges in the Eastern
Mediterranean, 1560-1660’ by Avner Ben-Zaken
PageRank: most likely destination?
• Top nineteen pages are all category pages
• category_talk pages (indicating that there a number of
articles where the content is being actively debated)
• and pages that flag the quality of the article like
‘Wikipedia:Stub’ and ‘help:Disambiguation’.
– In twentieth spot we have ‘Cambirdge_University’,
and in twenty-first,
‘Ure_Museum_of_Greek_Archaeology’ at Reading
1. Blogging is platform, not content
2. Academic bloggers talk with other academic bloggers
3. Academic content of blogs has impact on citations
4. Tracking, advertising ecosystems, walled gardens mean that the
wider world will never discover us, for the most part
5. The wider world off-loads ‘factual’ knowledge to Wikipedia
6. As far as ‘roman archaeology’ goes, the Wikipedia pages are
problematic (as the structure itself demonstrates)
7. We should use this to our advantage.
• Surface our best
work to take
advantage of the
trackers & walled
• Become the links
to valid sources
• Become the source
Don’t Shout into the Void.
Tim Etchells the future will be confusing Mousonturm,
Crosa, man’s face screaming/shouting cc
Harris Matrix Composer, screen grab from
Jonathunder, poutine cc
Fred Ewanuick, Mary Walsh