QRpedia is a mobile web based system that uses QR codes to deliver Wikipedia articles to users, in their preferred language. [1] [2] [3] QR codes can be generated to Easily link directly to Any Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), the goal QRpedia system adds further Top functionality. It is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Wikimedia UK (WMUK).

QRpedia Was Conceived by Roger Bamkin, a Wikipedia volunteer, coded by Terence Eden, and unveiled in April 2011. It is Currently in use at museums and other institutions in countries Including Australia , Bulgaria , the Czech Republic , Estonia , Macedonia , Spain , India , The United Kingdom , Germany and the United States . The project’s source code is freely reusable under the MIT License .


Visitors to Derby Museum using a mobile phone to scan a QR code QRpedia

When a user scans a QR code on Their QRpedia mobile device , the device Decodes the QR code into a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) using the domain name ” languagecode .qrwp.org” and Whose path (end unit) is the title of a Wikipedia article, and sends a request for the specified article in the URL to the QRpedia web server . It also transmits the language setting of the device. [4]

The QRpedia server uses Wikipedia’s API [1] to determine whether there is a version of the specified Wikipedia article in the language used by the device, and if so, returns it in a mobile-friendly format. [4] If there is no release of the product available in the preferred language, Then The QRpedia server offers a choice of the available languages, gold Google translation .

In this way, one QRcode can deliver the same article in many languages, [4] even when the museum is unable to make its own translations. QRpedia also records usage statistics. [4] [5]


QRpedia Was Conceived by Roger Bamkin, [1] [6] a Wikipedia volunteer, and Terence Eden, [1] consultant mobile web has, [7] and Was unveiled is April 9, 2011 [1] [8] at Derby Museum and Art Gallery ‘s Backstage Pass event, [1] [7] part of the “GLAM / Derby” between the museum and Wikipedia, [9] during which over 1,200 Wikipedia articles, in several languages, were also created. [10] The project’s name is a portmanteau word, combining the initials “QR” from “QR ( Quick Response ) code” and “pedia” from ”

The project’s source code is freely reusable under the MIT License . [12]


  •  Derby Museum’s label ” A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery ” features a QRpedia linking to the Wikipedia article about it which, as of February 2012, was available in 19 languages.
  •  A label in The Children’s Museum of IndianapolisThat uses a code to live QRpedia visitors to the Wikipedia article ” Broad Ripple Park Carousel “
  • Ceramic plate with QRpedia code for Shire Hall , as part of the MonmouthpediA project.

  • Enamel sign with QRpedia code for Church of the Virgin Maryin Záběhlice , Prague, Czech Republic

  • Film showing the use of QRpedia in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia article about the period 1600-1650 and with coordinates. The table is used in the exhibition Samtidigt / Meanwhile, at the Vasa museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • A QRpedia plate in Skopje Zoo , Macedonia, showing a hamadryas baboon ( Papio hamadryas ) using a mixed approach

  • A QRpedia plaque in Satyagraha House, Johannesburg South Africa

Though created in the United Kingdom, QRpedia can be used in any location where the phone or tablet has a data signal (or remembers URLs until a signal is available)

  • Children’s Chapel, St James’ Church, Sydney
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis , United States [2] [13]
  • Congressional Cemetery [14]
  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery , England [4]
  • Estonian Sports Museum
  • Galleries of Justice Museum
  • Fundació Joan Miró , Spain [4] [15] including a traveling exhibit shown at The Tate [4]
  • The National Archives , United Kingdom [16] [17]
  • The National Museum of Computing (UK) [18]
  • Sofia Zoo , Bulgaria
  • The Welsh town of Monmouth , as part of Wikipedia’s MonmouthpediA project. [19]
  • St Paul’s Church, Birmingham
  • Different monuments in Prague 10 [20]
  • The New Art Gallery Walsall
  • Skopje Zoo , Macedonia, using QR-codes and QRpedia codes [21]

QRpedia also has uses outside of such institutions. For example, the Occupy movement uses it on campaign posters. [22]


In January 2012, QRpedia was one of four projects (from 79 entrants) declared the most innovative mobile companies in the UK of the 2011 by the Smart Project, and thus chosen to compete at Mobile World Congressin Barcelona on 29 February 2012. [ 18] The criteria were “to be effective, easy to understand and with global potential and impact”. [23]

Wikimedia UK dispute

A conflict of interest case involving QRpedia was identified as one of the “main incidents” leading to a 2012 review of the governance of Wikimedia UK (WMUK). The review found that the amount of time taken to resolve the ownership of the risk of outsiders and the consequences WMUK. This conflict of interest led to the resignation of WMUK trustee Joscelyn Upendran. [24] Shortly before her resignation on August 31, 2012, Upendran stated that “the charity has in effect to take on responsibility […] for a service that is co-owned by a trustee”, and suggested that ” The transfer of the domain names was an administrative process that could begin immediately. [29]

QRpedia infringes various patents. [30] Though WMUK believes that this is not the case and that the risk of litigation is not high, Cultural Outreach Limited has been set up to hold QRpedia, in order to shield WMUK should such a challenge arise. [31]

See also

  • monmouthpedia
  • Gibraltarpedia
  • Freopedia
  • List of Internet encyclopedias
  • Toodyaypedia


  1. ^ Jump up to:f Eden, Terence (2011-04-03). “Introducing QRpedia” . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Anon (2011-08-19). “The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Creates New Learning Opportunities through Wikipedian-in-Residence” . The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  3. Jump up^ Johnson, L .; Adams, S. (2011). The Technology Outlook for UK Tertiary Education 2011-201 (PDF) . NMC Horizon Report Regional Analyzes. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. ISBN  978-0-615-38209-8 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:g Byrd Phillips, Lori (2011-06-15). “Going Multilingual with QRpedia” . Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “QRpedia Statistics (example)” . Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  6. Jump up^ Bamkin, Roger. “Three Days of Action – QR codes at Derby Museum and Art Gallery” . Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved 17 February 2012 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Anon (2011-05-21). “Quiet Realities” . Imperica . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  8. Jump up^ Various. “Wikipedia: GLAM / Derby / QR code experiment” . Wikipedia . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  9. Jump up^ Various. “Derby Backstage Pass” . Wikimedia UK . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  10. Jump up^ Roger Bamkin, interviewed onBBC Radio DerbybyPhil Trow, 2011-08-30
  11. Jump up^ Eden, Terence (2011-11-03). “QRpedia in Russia” . Retrieved 25 November 2011 .
  12. Jump up^ “qrwp – QR Redirection to Wikipedia” . Google Project Hosting. Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  13. Jump up^ Byrd Phillips, Lori (2011-07-29). “QR codes + Wikipedia = QRpedia” . The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  14. Jump up^ Greta Kreuz (17 July 2012). “Historic Congressional Cem etery Program to get Wikipedia boost” . WLJA . Retrieved 21 July2012 .
  15. Jump up^ Hinojo, Alex (2011-05-11). “QRpedia Codes at Fundació Joan Miró” . The GLAM-Wiki Experience . Retrieved 25 August 2011 .
  16. Jump up^ “New collaboration between Wikimedia UK and The National Archives” . The National Archives (United Kingdom) . 2011-09-15 . Retrieved 16 September 2011 .
  17. Jump up^ Eden, Terence (2011-09-18). “National Archives and QRpedia”. Retrieved 18 September 2011 .
  18. ^ Jump up to:b “Become an instant expert with a little help from your mobile” . Smart UK Project. 2012-02-02 . Retrieved 2 February2012 .
  19. Jump up^ “Monmouth to be Wales’ first WiFi town” . Monmouth Today . 2012-02-29 . Retrieved 1 March 2012 .
  20. Jump up^ “QRpedia a Praha 10: QR kód na každé památce” . Http://www.mobilmania.cz . 2012-09-30 . Retrieved 1 October2012 . External link in( help ) |work=
  21. Jump up^ Shared Knowledge projects: Skopje Zoo, Meta
  22. Jump up^ “We Do not Make Demands: Posters” . 2011-12-02 . Retrieved 2 December 2011 .
  23. Jump up^ “Smart UK Project – the final four” . Smart UK Project . Retrieved 19 August 2013 .
  24. Jump up^ Young, Niki May (8 February 2013). “Wikimedia UK trustees have been ‘too involved’ to effectively govern charity” . Archived from the original on February 11, 2013 . Retrieved 2013-02-09 .
  25. Jump up^ “Review finds Wikipedia UK needs major leadership overhaul”.
  26. Jump up^ Keating, Chris (2013-02-09). “QRpedia” . Wikimedia UK . Retrieved 9 February 2013 .
  27. Jump up^ “User: Mike Peel / Wikimedia compensation” .
  28. Jump up^ “Announcement – QRpedia donated to Wikimedia UK – Wikimedia UK Blog” .
  29. Jump up^ “Difference between revisions of” Water cooler ” ” .
  30. Jump up^ Chris Keating (7 June 2013). “QRpedia” . Wikimediauk-l Archives . QRpedia infringes on various patents.
  31. Jump up^ “[Wikimediauk-l] QRpedia” .

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