Introducing the World’s First Wikipedia Town
Monday 15 October 2012, 12:30:00 - 13:30:00
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS United Kingdom
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Monmouthshire County Council has partnered with Wikimedia to create the first Wikipedia Town. In one place the real world is matched up with its virtual counterpart, allowing people to play with augmented reality throughout an entire town.
In only eleven years Wikipedia has grown from being the education resource that dare not speak its name to the universal arbiter of arguments in both pubs and staff rooms. This year has also seen the first County Council partner with Wikimedia to create the world’s first Wikipedia Town: Monmouth. In one place we can see the real world matched up with its virtual counterpart, allowing people to play with augmented reality throughout an entire town. What new business models can emerge from this creation? Can British institution adapt to new ways of obtaining and sharing information? Roger Bamkin discusses examples of how Wikipedia projects now allow all of us to define “received wisdom.”
About the speakers
Roger BamkinFormer Director, Wikimedia UK
Roger Bamkin is a Former Director and ex-Chair of Wikimedia UK. He co-created multi-lingual QRpedia codes and the world’s first Wikipedia town. He was previously a senior IT manager for Rolls-Royce after developing an OORDBMS. Roger spent a number of years teaching before returning to IT to see how wiki structures could solve the data exchange problems he had previously tried to address as part of a decade long engineering data exchange development.