I'm an IEG grantee with the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm working on a project to visualise the edits that have occurred on an article. A blog post about the project.
The history tab in wikipedia does not visually give you much insight into how big the edits were or the time between edits etc. Also when comparing two edits, the changes are show line by line in wikitext. I'm trying to address them by
Making the changes appear like a playback, text & content that have been added appear and disappear as they are removed. (demo)
A slider to select the edits to investigate. (demo, move the slider to the extreme left to add data ,this is just a prototype with with lots to be done to it)
Some of the challenges I'm facing in building the slider are
Showing the temporal distance between edits while at the same time not showing a lot of blank space and defeating the purpose.
Are bars ( I'm currently using bars) the best way to represent edits especially as articles may have thousands of edits.
Any comments or ideas for the slider or the tool in general would be much appreciated.