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Friday, May 18, 2012

Monmouth on-line

As Facebook floats its shares on the stock market, an equally as significant landmark event prepares to get underway on the interweb. ABC news 10, which rather bizarrely appears to be reporting from London, says that the Welsh town of Momouth, birthplace of Henry V and historical market town, is about to become the world's first "Wikipedia town.":

Wikimedia UK, which works to support, develop and promote Wikimedia Foundation projects such as Wikipedia, says that when it launches its experiment in Monmouth on Saturday, hundreds of articles about the life and history of the town in southeast Wales will be available online in more than 26 languages.

The idea is for smartphone users to scan the barcodes on places such as churches and pubs to learn their history.

The tourism potential is huge. This is an experiment that will be worth watching.

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