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Von: "john cummings" <>
Datum: 05.01.2014 01:00
Betreff: Re: [cultural-partners] Successor to QRpedia?
An: <>, "Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners
coordination - closed list" <>

Hi All

I have been working on something using the redirecting service that QRpedia
provides without using the actual QR code for the Natural History Museum in
London (final write up coming soon).

We get around 50% foreign language visitors and offer them very little
(apart from a newly released audio guide).

What I've made is basically a photographic representation of the museum
that links to the Wikipedia articles for the species, I've included a link
to the mobile site version as it looks nicer

I think this offers a few key things:

1. It offers people the chance to work together to curate a museum (or any
other space) in their own way with many different perspectives, e.g

* Butterfly identification guide for our butterfly

* Mammals 
Wikipedia articles for species in every display case

* Browse a book that's on display (The Birds of America) with links to each
species in your own

* Being able to augment displays already in the museum:

   * Add to the Giant Sequoia cross section we have that has names and
dates on it's 
to those events and people

   * To link to Wikipedia articles from text on museum signs and to offer
people the change to do translations of that museum sign in their own

* Tree identification guide (not finished yet)

2. It has very low technology barriers compared to something using an app,
it works on any browser on most devices, including odd things like
Blackberrys and microsoft tablets

3. You don't have to put QR codes everywhere, sometimes it's not possible.

4. Anyone can do it for their local museum, art gallery, nature reserve etc
at no cost and without permission.

I played around with quite a few things before coming up with this
including using Layar (image recognition) and google maps with geocoding,
both being hard work and clumsy and not working very well when things are
close together or 3d objects or the software doesn't allow collaboration.

I have no idea where this sort of thing should live, any ideas?

At QRpedia's heart it's a Wikipedia language redirect that happens to have
a QR code as the way of getting there, perhaps it just needs a different
name, Wikipedia language link?. I'd love to see QRpedia being used in a lot
of places, for instance I would love to see QRpedia being used on
OpenStreetMap links to Wikipedia and also for other projects like



On 4 January 2014 23:12, Kerry Raymond <> wrote:

> I agree that object recognition is still hard, but much more
> straightforward
> thing to do is to map from a location to the set of Wikipedia articles
> geocoded as being "near" that location, which is useful in itself. Then
> it's
> easy to have a mobile device app that shows Wikipedia articles "near me
> now".
> In fact, this is all so straightforward I'm guessing someone's already
> built
> it, although a quick google search hasn't turned it up for me.
> Obviously "near" is something that needs to be configured according to the
> specific type of app you are dealing with. "Near" in an art gallery is
> different to "near" while travelling on a train.
> Practical problems are the accuracy of geocodes both in terms of:
> 1. the geocodes on Wikipedia articles (particularly for regions as opposed
> to points) - how do I get the Wikipedia article for the city as a whole if
> I
> am out in the suburbs?
> 2. the geocodes generated by mobile devices, which will be the limiting
> constraint for indoor applications
> All of the above equally applies to Commons and other projects where
> geocodes are used.
> Kerry
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