What is BackStory?
BackStory is an online visualisation tool for exploring the history of wikipedia articles. It was created during the Beautiful Data workshop organised by metaLab at Harvard University, June 16 - 27 2014.
BackStory lets you access articles on Wikipedia and navigate through past revisions by scrolling or by using the up and down arrow keys. It is a rough demonstrator and will most probably break. Give it some time to load, but if you don't get a result back just reload the page and try again. Start with easy terms like names of countries, objects etc.
If you want to improve it or see how it works, the code is available on GitHub
BackStory makes use of the following APIs and libraries:
- The Wikipedia API
- Joao Sa's txtWiki for parsing Wikipedia formatted text
- John Resig's implementation of the Heckel (1978) file difference algorithm