British Town Covers Landmarks With Wikipedia QR Codes
The online encyclopedia project in Monmouth, Wales enables visitors to scan the technology that links directly to the web article in their own language.
On May 19th, the town of Monmouth located in Wales will debut “Monmouthpedia” — a virtual town that displays a wide array of information and data via QR codes. The idea for Monmouthpedia began at a TEDx talk in Bristol when John Cummings, an occasional Wikipedia editor, suggested from the audience that the UK Chapter use QR codes to “do a whole town.” Since then, the Welsh town has spent the last six months coding its various people and destinations, including writing 500 articles available in 25 languages to support tourism. Local residents and businesses have adopted plaques, labels, and stickers adorned with QR codes that will enable users to access the specific Wikipedia page related to the spot. Over 1,000 QR codes have been placed all around town, giving both locals and tourists an opportunity to explore via the web. The project also has a long list of partners, including 200 businesses, several universities and nearly every school and community group in the area. At the celebration marking the launch of this innovative new technology, citizens will be taught how to edit individual Wikipedia pages and add details pertaining to a specific QR code.