Wikidata on the Moon


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29 June 2015


I recently posted updates Wikidata world maps that show the distribution of the contents of Wikidata on Earth. The maps also show where the specific interests of several language editions of Wikipedia are. Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada suggested to do the same for the Moon. Here are the results.

Let's start with an overall map of the Moon for all of the 1643 items in Wikidata:

Map of the Wikidata items on Moon

As you can see, the Moon is rather dark. Most coordinates occur exactly once, even in this small resolution. They do form some patterns, but they are probably not that familiar to most of us.

English Wikipedia has articles on 1603 of these 1643 items. Persian Wikipedia makes an impressive second place with 1315 Moon-related sites, but maybe this is not so surprising for one of the cradles of modern astronomy. Germany comes in third with 1085 articles. Here is the image for German Wikipedia:

Map of German Wikipedia articles on Moon

An notable pattern here is that Germans seem to be more interested in the near side of Moon (centre).

The following ranks after English, Persian, and German are all below 1000:

  • Russian: 892
  • French: 617
  • Italian: 571
  • Danish: 566
  • Czech: 370
  • Polish: 228
  • Luxembourgish: 188
  • Spanish: 163
  • Japanese: 163
  • Swedish: 143
  • Ukrainian: 132
  • Portuguese: 124
  • Chinese: 94
  • Belgium: 68
  • Dutch: 44
  • Tatar: 40
  • Finnish: 34

If nothing else, this might indicate that the interest in astronomy varies quite a bit among Wikipedia users in different languages. Indeed, only 70 Wikimedia projects have any article on a Moon-based site at all. It might not be so surprising that WikiVoyage does not feature sites on the Moon, but there are still some 150 Wikipedias left that also miss out on all mare and craters.

I will leave the in-depth analysis of these results to others.

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