Monmouthpedia is the first Wikipedia project to cover a whole town—specifically, the Welsh town of Monmouth (Predefinição:IPAc-en Predefinição:Respell; Predefinição:Lang-cy). The project aims to cover every single notable place, person, artefact, plant, animal and other things in Monmouth in as many languages as possible, but with a special focus on Welsh. This is a different scale of wiki-project. The project is jointly funded by Monmouthshire County Council and Wikimedia UK, Monmouthshire County Council intend to install free town wide Wi-Fi for the project.
Monmouthpedia uses QRpedia codes, a type of bar code a smartphone can read through its camera (using one of the many free QR readers available) that takes you to a Wikipedia article in your language. QR codes are extremely useful, as physical signs have no way of displaying the same amount of information and in a potentially huge number of languages.
Articles have coordinates (geotags) to allow a virtual tour of the town using Wikipedia's mobile apps (or the Wikipedia layer on Google Streetview) and are available in augmented reality software including Layar. Monmouthpedia may not use standard black and white QR codes, in order to differentiate between MonmouthpediA codes and other schemes and individual's codes. There are different kinds of QR code—plaques and labels—all put up with the permission of the council and building owner:
- Larger ceramic or metal plaques for places exposed to the elements for articles specific to Monmouth.
- Smaller plastic, ceramic or metal plaques for labelling objects non specific to Monmouth, e.g. for use in the Flora and Fauna guide.
- Labels for use inside buildings, e.g. for objects in museums.
- Glass stickers in the windows of shops to give information on their professions
- In addition there will be information posters, signs, notice boards and leaflets to help people contribute and stay informed.
The amount, detail and quality of the information that the community could create is staggering. The Council for British Archaeology have designated Monmouth as the seventh best town for archaeology in Britain. Knowledge gives us context, it allows us to appreciate our surroundings more: Monmouth may well be the first place in the world to offer its tourist information in over 250 languages.
We aim to have 1,000 QRpedia codes in Monmouth by May 19th including the museums. If you think you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.