World's first Wikipedia town to launch in Wales

9:46 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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LONDON (AP) - A small Welsh town where English King Henry V was born is about to make history again by becoming 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.

For six months, local residents and businesses have been creating and editing the articles about Monmouth.

The Associated Press

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