‘Wikipedia town’ features QR codes everywhere

‘Wikipedia town’ features QR codes everywhere
Not everybody is a fan of QR codes, but if you just can’t get enough of those little black and white squares that after a moderate amount of hassle bring you to a related website, have we got the vacation destination for you. Enter Monmouth in South Wales a.k.a. Wikipedia town.

Monmouth is home to a little under 9,000 people, but is a tourist destination because of its rich cultural history, historic streets and castles, and even sports a 13th-century bridge. Now, Wikimedia U.K. and the Monmouthshire County Council have teamed up to turn Monmouth into Monmouthpedia. Currently they have around 1,000 QR code plaques placed around the city that link to hundreds of articles and photos. The local council even installed free Wi-Fi so visitors could scan with ease.

Wikimedia U.K.’s communications organizer, Stevie Benton, said that the project was originally contrived to capture “every notable place, person, artifact, flora and fauna” in the town. Interestingly the project has become popular among the locals and now even less-historically significant articles are available.

Local business have started hanging QR codes that link to more information about their craft or the history of their business. "It's really captured people's imaginations in ways we hadn't expected," he said.

source: CBS News


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