May 18th, 2012
Starting tomorrow (May 19 2012) visitors to the UK with a curiosity of history will be able to learn a lot more about the little town where King Henry V was born in 1387.
Thanks to months of hard work by Wikimedia UK and the local council, historic Monmouth in south-east Wales has become the world’s first “Wikipedia town”. Over 1,000 landmarks and points of interest located around the city have been fitted with barcodes that, once scanned, will instantly call up a Wikipedia page detailing the history of that specific location or monument.
450 new articles about life and history in Monmouth were added to Wikipedia over the past six months, while the 150 existing articles were expanded and improved upon. Local businesses, like pubs and bakeries, are even getting in on the fun, placing barcodes in their windows that link to articles about the history of their fields.
The articles will be available online in more than 26 languages, and the local council has installed town-wide free WiFi to encourage visitors to learn while they tour.
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