I have to credit an accidental browsing of a session ideas for OERcamp.global (you really should look into participating in this 48 hour online unconference on OER).
I was curious when I saw mention of https://www.sixdegreesofwikipedia.com/ … and curiosity to me calls for a link click.
The idea is to enter names for two terms (it autosuggests as you type in the box) for WikiPedia articles that you would think are rather far apart, and the site finds the shortest number of hyperlink traverses to go from one to the other.
Inspired by the concept of six degrees of separation, Six Degrees of Wikipedia traverses hyperlinks on Wikipedia to find the least number of clicks it takes to navigate between any of the nearly six million pages on the world’s largest free online encyclopedia.
Enter the titles of two Wikipedia pages in the boxes on this site, click the “Go!” button, and discover just how connected Wikipedia really is.
My first effort was for my favorite food to the place I live now where (beyond my own kitchen) they are … lacking.
It was a matter of seconds to get results, many paths from taco to Moose Jaw on 3 clicks.
It generates a visualization of all the paths found, each node in the map links to it’s WikiPedia article.
Hmmm, could I get more separated? What about a moon of Jupiter and a Taylor Swift album? That has many paths 4 degrees separated!
I’m proud to see the site reporting
“wipes brow I really had to work for this one.”
Give it a try and see if you can find a six degree jump. It’s not easy!