SCROLL, pinch, or use +/- to zoom in and out. Here zooming allows you to reach different levels of knowledge: (from top to bottom)
Domains: Clusters grouped together form domains like ART, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY or SCIENCE.
Clusters: Groups of stars form clusters, indicated by black spheres. Hovering on these will reveal the top categories in each cluster.
Links: Stars are selectable and links are easier to view.
Articles: Stars are selectable,you click drag to rotate the view and fly around.
3D and 2D navigation
3D mode is enabled once you are fully zoomed in, otherwise 2D mode is in effect
Arrow keys or A S D W
2D: Move around the globe
3D: Rotate the view
2D: Zoom in
3D: Accelerate forward
3D only: Rotate the view
Many options are available to you in the left side bar:
OPEN: Open and read your most recently viewed article.
FULLSCREEN: Puts Wikiverse in fullscreen for a more immersive viewing experience
TOP 25: Top articles of the week based on Wikipedia readership data
ABOUT: Information about this project and credits
HISTORY: Animation that shows every star you've visited
CONTROLS: Show help and controls
SHARE: Links to share this site on Twitter and facebook
HIDE ALL: Hide all User Interface elements
Wikipedia is humanity's richest source of public information. It is often viewed as an endless book, accessed mostly through Google searches.
As a kid, I loved hopping from page to page on Wikipedia. With a few curious clicks, I was transported to new worlds I would never have stumbled upon otherwise. The internet has given us access to an abysmal amount of knowledge; while familiar ideas are easy to find, little incentive is given to seek out the new and unexpected. I wanted the world to see Wikipedia through my eyes, to reveal the connective tapestry hidden behind every page.
This universe was formed thanks to a physics simulation, where tens of millions of links tied 250k articles together. As we stretch and tug at the fabric, knots form and cluster stars into themes/categories. Every editor's contribution took part in crystallizing articles into the resulting map, where proximity equates to related-ness.
Using this custom exploration engine, we are able to explore and investigate each star. Every click transports us across this universe, giving us visual feedback for every choice made. This is not meant as a replacement for Wikipedia, only as an added layer that gratifies curiosity and exploration. It is in my mind a tribute to Wikipedia, and the intricate beauty of collective thought.
Made by Owen Cornec Seeking new opportunities starting September 2016, contact: owen dot cornec at gamil.com
Wikiverse is an independent initiative and not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia foundation, this project and many others couldn't be made possible without the contribution of countless users, donors and the WMF's drive to deliver all this content to you. See how you can support Wikipedia here.
3D engine based on THREE.js by Mr. Doob
Full articles brought to you by the Wikipedia API by MediaWiki
Top popular page ranking provided by Andrew G. West
Clustering made with Force Atlas II, Gephi and OpenOrd by S. Martin, W. M. Brown, R. Klavans, and K. Boyack