Seeing those square QR codes everywhere could get a little ugly.
CBS News reports that the world's first Wikipedia town is now located in southeast Wales. It features around 1,000 different landmark plaques sporting QR codes that can be scanned with smartphones. The resulting links pull up Wikipedia pages related to the landmark in question.
Monmouth, a small Welsh town where English King Henry V was born, went live with its square codes on Saturday. The project is supported by Wikimedia UK and will eventually pump out hundreds of online articles about the life and history of the town. The articles will be offered in more than 26 languages ranging from Hindi to Hungarian.
Project "Monmouthpedia" has been in the works for six months. Local residents and businesses created and edited the articles, and other volunteers helped translate the text. The local council installed a town-wide Wi-Fi network that can be accessed by both residents and visitors for free.
Stevie Benton, Wikimedia U.K.'s communications organizer, told CBS News that over the past six months, nearly 150 existing articles related to the town's history were improved while the locals themselves added more than 450 new articles, some of which aren't really about the town's past (like the history of baking).
"It's really captured people's imaginations in ways we hadn't expected," he said. "If everyone shares the stories of their local area, we'll have a much clearer understanding of the world we live in and that's a powerful thing."
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is hoping the initiative set forth by Monmouth will be carried out in other towns and cities across the globe.