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Wikipedia Helps Tourists and Museum Goers Get More Information in Their Language


QR codes have a lot of uses for various people. Marketers are taking advantage of the fact that QR codes are free to generate and use, and is very flexible that it could resolve to various URLs, multimedia content, marketing brochures and other marketing collaterals online.

QR codes have also been used in education, fashion and other fields where it has proven to be a very valuable resource and tool.

QR codes have been especially useful in travel and tours where a simple code could be attached to a tourist spot so that visitors could get more information about that particular place. Museums have also used QR codes to link to online resources and more information about their exhibits.

To that end, Wikipedia has made it easier for museum curators and tourist spot administrators to come up with their own QR codes. The online user-contributed encyclopedia has come up with a program that it calls QRPedia.

QRPedia lets users create a QR code for any Wikipedia entry. When people scan the code, they are taken to the Wikipedia entry in the language that their phone uses. For example, if someone is using Chinese for their phones, and they scan a QRPedia, he or she is shown the Chinese language page for that particular Wikipedia entry.

In the event that there is no Wikipedia entry in the desired language available, the user is then taken to the most relevant article that is available in that language.

This is a great help for museums and those who care for tourist spots. Instead of being fixed to a certain language that scanner may not understand or read, the program gives them the same entry in the language they understand. For example, Koreans who are looking at the Frans Hals exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be taken to the Korean translation of this page, while their Japanese counterparts will see the Japanese version.

Sounds cool? Then head on to the http://qrpedia.org/ site and paste the Wikipedia URL you want to use in the box provided and share away!

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