World heritage sites

Why statistics on UNESCO World Heritage Sites?    Experimental statistics logo

Statistics on UNESCO World Heritage Sites (online visits on Wikipedia) are taken as a measure of popularity of the sites or a measure of ‘cultural consumption’ of world heritage. They are relevant to, for example, culture statistics and regional statistics. Possible analyses are, for example, the comparison between the several sites (e.g. Taj Mahal is the most popular site in the English Wikipedia) and the evolution over time.

Why are they published as experimental statistics?

These statistics are published as experimental statistics because they result from a big data project using Wikipedia as a source.

How are these experimental statistics produced?

Page views of Wikipedia articles focusing on around 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been analysed. One or more Wikipedia articles (in 31 language versions) is associated to each site and the total number of page views is taken as a measure of popularity of the sites.

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To help Eurostat improve these experimental statistics, users and researchers are kindly invited to give us their feedback:

  • What have you used this data for? What do you think is the main added value?
  • Are there other domains, besides world heritage sites, which would be interesting to explore with this data  source?
  • Is online activity only in Wikipedia sufficient enough to produce some relevant statistics