Wikipedia Thumbnail Images

February 15, 2007

The first wikipedia load this year has brought the total number of georeferenced wikipedia articles available on geonames to 611,758. English will soon cross the magic number of 100,000 (current=99,333) after 81,282 in November.

Thumbnail images for wikipedia articles are a new experimental addition to the geonames webservices, the full text search and the maps mashup. Around a third of all articles on geonames have thumbnail images. A simple algorithm determines which image to use as thumbnail if more than one image could be parsed from the original article.

Wikipedia mashup with thumbnail images

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