Submissions/Replaying Edits & Visualising Edit History

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 5039
Title of the submission

Replaying edits & visualising edit history

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Jeph Paul Alapat

User:Jmorgan (WMF)

E-mail address


Jeph Paul

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Community Member

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Over the last eight months I built Replay Edits, a tool that shows the evolution of an article like a video. While building it I looked at a lot of existing ideas to represent the edit history of an article. A lot of different approaches have been tried like sparklines, flowgraphs, maps etc.

Visualizing the edit history & the edits could help us with :

  • Understanding vandalism patterns
  • Looking at the usefulness/longevity of edits
  • Learning how an article grows and evolves over time
  • Understanding editor behavior

I'd like to survey the existing ideas and suggest ideas for the above. I'd also talk about the choices I made for the tool and use the talk as a springboard for newer approaches.

The tool has a slider to select the edits of interest & allows the edits made to be viewed like a video that can be paused and resumed. The slider in the tool has been separated out & could be used in other projects. I'd like to show examples of how we could use it to answer some of the questions above.

More details on the tool can be found here.


Technology, Interface & Infrastructure

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)

20 mins

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional) (The slides) (Follow the presentation live when I present it) The ether pad link to the presentation

Special requests
Since I'm not attending wikimania, Jonathan Morgan has agreed to step in for me & help me do a hangout & deliver the talk.

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