Monmouthpedia - The Worlds First Wiki Town

Today we announced that TechHub is expanding to Swansea. In celebration of our first site in Wales we at TechHub are putting together a series of articles to cover some of the great technology projects coming out of one of the most industrious countries in Europe.

The first is one close to my heart and that is Monmouthpedia. Most of you will be familiar with the small town in central wales for its now world famous coffee company, what you may now know is that it is also the worlds first wikipedia town.

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Launched last year, Monmouthpedia aims to promote local history by installing customised QR codes around the town allowing visitors to quickly access a wealth of information on the various notable attractions around the town in their own language.

Monmouthshire County Council has taken a number of steps to become a more innovative and open authority including encouraging Freedom of Information requests via Twitter, providing free Wifi in the town and adopting the Open Government Licence on its website. In the words of Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales

Monmouthpedia is a triumph for open government

The project has been hugely successful with:

  • Over 550 new articles (in 29 languages) on Wikipedia
  • 145 improved existing articles
  • Over 1000 new images uploaded
  • ?400,000 more page views per year of articles relating to Monmouth

There are plans afoot for the concept to be replicated around the world, including London.

Watch this wonderfully mad video explaining the concept.

Join the TechHub community and follow the activities of Monmouthpedia on twitter here.

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