Listen to Wikipedia
Listen to Wikipedia, also known as L2W or Hatnote: Listen To Wikipedia, is a multimedia visualizer developed by Mahmoud Hashemi and Stephen LaPorte, which translates recent Wikipedia edits into a display of visuals and sounds. The open source software application creates a real-time statistical graphic with sound from contributions to Wikipedia from around the world. To accomplish this, L2W uses the graphics library D3.js.
|License||3-clause BSD license|
The concept of Listen to Wikipedia is based on BitListen, originally known as Listen to Bitcoin, an application by Maximillian Laumeister.
Each edit produces an orchestral sound in the pentatonic scale. The bell-like sounds of a celesta correspond to additions of content to Wikipedia, and the strings of a clavichord show subtractions. The pitch is inversely proportional to the size of the edit (higher pitch notes are produced by smaller edits). Newly registered Wikipedia users are welcomed by a violin chord.
Each edit creates a circle of one of three colors: white for registered users, green for non-registered users, and violet for bots. The size of a circle is proportional to the size of the edit (larger circles are produced by larger edits). Clicking on the display text will open a new page in the user's browser showing the revision.
- Listen to Wikipedia, blog.hatnote.com, Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Listen to Wikipedia – Wikimedia blog". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- Hashemi, Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud. "Hatnote Listen to Wikipedia". listen.hatnote.com. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- Listen To The Orchestra Of Users Updating Wikipedia, fastcodesign.com, Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Listen To Wikipedia: Engineers Translate Edits Into Sound". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
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