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Chrome experiment turns Wikipedia into a virtual galaxy

Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
December 9, 2014
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There's no denying Wikipedia's usefulness, but French computer science student Owen Cornec believes the website could stand to display entries "in a more engaging way." Thus, he created WikiGalaxy: a special Wikipedia browser that visualizes the website as a 3D galaxy. Each star represents an article, and related entries form clusters of stars -- clicking a star loads the entry itself on the left-hand panel and links to relevant articles on the right. If you want to make browsing Wiki even more interactive, you can activate "fly-mode," which sends you zooming through the stars with each click. It's a really fun way to discover new articles, and you have to try it out if you can.

If you need to do some serious research, though, you can either use the search box it provides -- or, you know, just head straight to Wikipedia's website. Cornec says his next step is color-coding the stars based on their super-categories, like People and Science, but you can use WikiGalaxy right now if you want. You don't even need to have Google's browser installed, even if it's a Chrome WebGL experiment, as it worked just fine on Firefox when we tried.

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