Wikipedia offers its users access to a vast network of information. Each of Wikipedia's 41,000,000 pages provides information specific to that page. Often, pages contain related or overlapping content, in which case they link back and forth to one another. In compiling and indexing this vast web of information, Wikipedia has amassed valuable data that could be used to provide insights into the nature of information. Thinking about this, I came to the following question:
What could Wikipedia tell me about knowledge?
I realized that much of the most valuable epistemological information Wikipedia has to offer lies within the up-linking and down-linking in its articles. At a massive scale, the connections between pages could provide insights into the way in which humans seek out and encode information.
Above is an excerpt from a visualization of 1/64th of Wikipedia's content created by researcher Bruce Herr of Indiana University in 2008. Even at this scale, patterns begin to form between the nodes of high activity.
In this project, I conceptualized a Wikipedia feature that allows the user to organically explore the connections between articles as a means for discovery. Here is what Wikipedia might look like if it were designed not to present articles as distinct pages, but to present knowledge as a vast network of intertwined threads. This design is centered in Brooklyn, where I grew up.