From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no. 688
Title of the submission

Wikistream: Visualizing Wikipedia Updates in Realtime

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Ed Summers

E-mail address



Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Library of Congress

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

In this talk I plan to discuss and demonstrate the Wikistream Web application that displays a realtime view of edits on the major language Wikipedias. I created Wikistream after being amazed by the number of edits I saw in the wikimedia IRC channels, and wanting to let other people see the flow of edits in their Web browser. I plan to discuss how IRC is used as a realtime publication channel by Wikimedia, and how I created a simple IRC bot and web application that sits in the 30 IRC channels and publishes them on the Web using node.js, and redis. I also plan on highlighting Wikimedia's commitment to making backend data available, and how important it is. Details about getting the app running in the Wikimedia Labs environment will also be included.


Technology and Infrastructure

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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Slides or further information (optional)

The site I will talk about is currently live at I wrote a blog post about the project which might also provide some information about what I plan to talk about.

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  1. Valid entry (talk) 02:26, 22 March 2012 (UTC) if it doesn't collide with my presentation time[reply]
  2. --Dmitri Lytov (talk) 14:36, 6 June 2012 (UTC) (will try to combine it with Wikimedia Chapters presentation)[reply]
  3. NaBUru38 (talk) 14:53, 6 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]