WikiNodes is an app for the Apple iPad built by IDEAorg WikiNodes was the first tablet app for browsing Wikipedia using a radial tree approach to visualize how articles and subsections of articles are interrelated The app displays related items articles or sections of an article, which spread on the screen, as a spiderweb of icons
- 1 Operation
- 2 Reception
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The app uses the SpicyNodes visualization technique which was awarded a "best for teaching and learning" award in 2011 from American Association of School Librarians AASL, and voted #edchat's 35 Best Web 20 Classroom Tools in 2010
The user interface is based on two display modes:
- Page view -- displays Wikipedia articles in long form, similar to how they appear on the main Wikipedia web site
- Node view -- divides Wikipedia articles into sections, and links articles to related articles, similar to mind mapping The user can drag nodes, taps any node to display it in detail, with a panel to scroll to read the contents of the section This provides a visual way to see the relationships between articles
As of June 2011, the app supports the 36 top Wikipedia languages by number of articles
The app was highlighted as a "Staff pick" by Apple's US App Store, Week of May 28, 2011; as "New and Noteworthy" by Apple's US App Store, Week of May 5, 2011; and at other times by Apple's app stores for non-US countries It has been favorably covered by several bloggers, including those in the references below
- List of Wikipedia mobile applications - Other iOS mobile apps providing access to Wikipedia
- Radial tree - the general type of layout algorithm
- SpicyNodes - Information visualization technique
- ^ Wikipedia's 'The Signpost' 13 June 2011, In the news
- ^ Mossberg, Walt "Encyclopaedia Britannica Now Fits Into an App" 28-September-2011 Wall Street Journal The article mentions WikiNodes, while discussing the Britannica app, noting that "This kind of visual array of related items isn’t a new idea In fact, there is an iPad app called WikiNodes which does something similar for Wikipedia content"
- ^ AASL June 2011 Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning
- ^ edudemiccom, "The 35 Best Web 20 Classroom Tools Chosen By You" August July 2010
- ^ WikiNodes: app that presents a keyword to a word association game Ideal for expedition Wikipedia! Japanese AppBank
- ^ "The interface presentation of information similar to that of mind mapping, which I love" - Jess Seilheimer, Digilicious
- ^ "The interface is a freestyle drag and zoom bonanza that lets you jump between related articles easily" - iPad Apps
- ^ "could redefine the way that you use Wikipedia on the iOS" - Blake Grundman, 148Apps
- ^ "WikiNodes takes the huge sprawling maze of information that is Wikipedia and organizes it into a spider web of knowledge" - Phil Hornshaw, Yahoo! News & Appolicious
- ^ To see history of prior features in the Apple app store, adjust the date on this App Annie page
- ^ WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore by Patrick Jordan on May 11, 2011 / http://ipadinsightcom/ipad-app-reviews/wikinodes-for-ipad-making-wikipedia-fun-to-explore/
- Direct link to listing in Apple app store
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