Earlier this year, Wikipedia launched a QR code project that involves the small town of Monmouth in Wales, in the UK. The project, called Monmouthpedia, aims to document the life of this Welsh town, featuring landmarks, historic artifacts, personalities, flora and fauna, and everything else that is of interest.
Our sister site, Custom QR Codes, have written about this project before.
On May 19, the town officially became the first ever “Wikipedia Town” with Monmouthpedia going live.
Each Monmouthpedia page is linked to a unique quick response code that can be scanned using a smartphone. The pages or entries will provide scanners with more information pertaining to particular points of interest.
Small ceramic plates and stickers with QRpedia codes can be found all over town. When Monmouth tourists scan a QRpedia code by a particular spot, information regarding that spot – be it a museum, a landmark, a store, a building, or any other point of interest – will be sent to their phone, and in their own language at that!
Yes, a QRpedia code displays the relevant Wikipedia content in a tourist’s language of choice. A German visitor, for instance, can scan a QRpedia code right by a river and he or she will be directed to a Wikipedia entry about that particular body of water in German.
The best thing about the project was the amount of volunteer work involved. More than 400 Monmouth articles were written and submitted in 25 different languages by a lot of volunteers that include both Monmouth residents and other people the world over.
Wikipedia said it chose Monmouth as test town for this project because it is a relatively small town, with a population of less than 9,000, yet not without a rich natural, historical, and cultural heritage. Yet Wikipedia plans to bring the project to much larger towns as well, especially with people from New York and Mexico City expressing interest in having their cities called Wikipedia towns, too.
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