Thats really cool!!! Way to go!!!



On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <> wrote:

> Thanks to Chris Keating of the UK Chapter for sharing this:
> You’ve probably heard the saying, “In theory, Wikipedia shouldn’t work,
> but in practice it does.” Three of the things that contribute to make
> Wikipedia work are topic-specific WikiProjects (“let’s write about a town),
> Wikimedia chapters (“let’s organize throughout the United Kingdom”), and
> unique ideas (“let’s use QR codes to share content”). This week these three
> things successfully came together to create Monmouthpedia, “The World’s
> First Wikipedia Town” in Monmouth, Wales.
> 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.” That challenge was handed
> to Cummings when the Wikimedia UK chapter backed the idea. He then moved to
> his home town of Monmouth where he assembled an ad hoc group of supporters
> who wanted to participate, including the local County Council.
> The project has taken six months of preparation, including a commitment by
> the town to install a free, town-wide wi-fi network (the first of its kind
> in Wales). On 19 May the entire town will be bedecked with banners
> declaring Monmouth as the first Wikipedia Town in the world.
> The Monmouthpedia project uses QRpedia to allow visitors to scan QR codes
> that link directly to the Wikipedia article in their own language. Because
> of Monmouth’s efforts to provide free wi-fi and implement QRpedia, the town
> is likely the only place where a visitor can tour in Hungarian, Hindi,
> Indonesian, Welsh, or numerous other Wikipedia languages using QR codes.
> Much of the success of Monmouthpedia comes from its ability to capture the
> imagination of the Wikipedia community, which has embraced the town
> virtually. Wikipedia volunteers have contributed nearly 500 new articles in
> over 25 languages, as well as videos on topics such as the historic
> Chartists movement.
> The project also has a long list of partners, including 200 businesses,
> several universities and nearly every school and community group in the
> area. Wikipedia has partnered with museums and other institutions before,
> as in Derby, but in Monmouth you will see over 1,000 QR codes on every
> school, every important building, and hundreds of shops. The County Council
> itself has a QRpedia code in its reception that takes you to their
> Wikipedia article.
> Lest you think this is a passing interest, the town of Monmouth is in it
> for the long haul. Many of the QRpedia codes are printed on ceramic plaques
> that should last for decades. The information in articles is backed by the
> Wikipedia community and will be continually improved and expanded. Physical
> guides and maps will become outdated, but the Wikipedia articles will
> always be able to be updated. This potential for on-site access to
> up-to-date information in any language is what makes the Monmouthpedia
> model so exciting.
> How long can Wikipedia defy the theory and continue to deliver free
> information to the planet in over 280 languages? We think the Monmouthpedia
> story provides a very optimistic outlook. If you want to find out more,
> visit the Monmouthpedia website and take a look at the associated articles
> on Wikipedia.
> *Post written by Roger Bamkin, Director of Wikimedia UK (Victuallers )*
> Barring the WiFi, something of this sort can be done on a smaller scale in
> India right?
> --
> Regards,
> Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
> Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers, Coimbatore.
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