Monmouthpedia (styled as MonmouthpediA ) is a collaborative project linking the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia and the town of Monmouth in South Wales . [2]

The project uses QRpedia QR codes to Provide multilingual smart phone access to Wikipedia Articles notable covering subjects in Monmouth, Such As places, people, artifacts, flora and fauna. [3] It was formally launched on 19 May 2012, and led to Monmouth being described as the “world’s first Wikipedia town”. [4] [5] [6] The project was awarded the “Excellence in Marketing” award at the Monmouthshire Business Awards.


The idea of ​​Monmouthpedia was conceived in late 2011 by John Cummings, resident of Monmouth. Cummings attended a TEDx event in Bristol which discussed the QRpediaproject at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery . [7] Cummings founded the project with chair of Wikimedia UK , Roger Bamkin, who co-founded QRpedia. The project was subsequently supported by Monmouthshire County Council , and the council-owned Shire Hall later announced plans to instate a Wikipedian-in-Residence and introduce sessions to help visitors with contributions to the project. [7]

Monmouthpedia’s initial goal was to have 1,000 QR codes by April 2012, with each having a ceramic plate plaque emblazoned with a code. [8] By May, the project’s home page reported 712 new and improved articles in 25 different languages. For non-English speakers, where available, articles in other languages ​​are automatically displayed in the language of the user on the basis of the phone’s language configuration. At project launch, some 500 articles in other languages ​​were available to the collaboration of editors abroad. [9] In addition to this, the project covers over 250 pre-existing entries on Monmouth-related topics. In the same period, over 1,000 photographs were uploaded. Citation needed ]

One of the issues that Monmouth faced in making the project was that it was poor 3G mobile coverage. To help with this, wireless (broadband) QR code plaque locations. [10]

QR codes to books. Monmouth Library has become the first library in the world to add QR codes to books. Users with smart phones can now instantly find Wikipedia articles on the book and its author. Priority has been given to local literature and Welsh titles but more recent acquisitions on the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics have also been QR coded. [11]


Glyn Moody , writing for Techdirt , whether Monmouthpedia was the future of Wikipedia. [12] He described the project as creating “a kind of fractal Wikipedia” likening it to the 2010 movie Inception , potentially enabling “[a] Wikipedia within a Wikipedia within a Wikipedia.” [12] Within days of the launch, the initiative had led to widespread interest. A spokesman for Wikimedia UK reported that the project page had been viewed 10,000 times. Benton also reported there had been worries from towns in Norway, Britain, France, Scotland and Texas, USA. One test of success will be the project’s ability to attract more tourists to the town. [13] The initiative soon attracted interest from Gibraltar where the Gibraltarpedia project was launched on 13 July. [14]

Jimmy Wales , the co-founder of Wikipedia, was enthusiastic about the initiative: “Bringing a whole town to life on Wikipedia is something new and is a testament to the forward-thinking people of Monmouth, I’m looking forward to seeing other towns and cities doing the same thing. ” [15]

Monmouthshire County Council announced in July 2012 that it was planned to extend the initiative to other parts of the authority’s area, starting with Chepstow and Raglan . [16] A new post, with the aim of delivering Monmouthshirepedia (sic) , was advertised by the council in November 2012. [17]

Monmouthpedia was awarded the “Excellence in Marketing” award at the Monmouthshire Business Awards in October 2012. [18] Wynndel Property Management, developers of new housing at “Severn Quay” in Chepstowand sponsor of the award That “Advertising value for Monmouth alone has been estimated at £ 2.12 million”, and predicting that “Chepstow property, together with new developments in Chepstow and new developments in Monmouthshire, will also benefit” when a similar project starts for Chepstow. [19] [20]

Wikimedia UK governance

On 7 February 2013, Monmouthpedia was cited as one of the conflicts of interest that prompted a government review of Wikimedia UK (WMUK). The report found that WMUK was ineffective at handling such conflicts, and found that Roger Bamkin’s acceptance of consultancy fees for monmouthpedia provided an opportunity for WMUK’s reputation to be damaged. [21]

See also

  • Gibraltarpedia


  1. Jump up^ Sawyers, Paul. “Monmouthpedia: Wikipedia’s new project covering life in the Welsh town of Monmouth” . The Next Web . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  2. Jump up^ “Wikipedia project to cover life in Monmouth” . BBC . 30 December 2011 . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ “MonmouthpediA – The World’s First Wikipedia Town” . Monmouthshire County Council . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ “Monmouth to be Wales’ first WiFi town” . 29 February 2012 . Retrieved 9 May 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ “Welsh town of Monmouth gets Wikipedia treatment” . Computer Active . 26 January 2012 . Retrieved 9 May 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ “Monmouth to be first Wiki-town” . 18 January 2012 . Retrieved 9 May 2012 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b “Monmouth Becomes the world’s first Wikipedia town” . Monmouthshire County Council . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ Morris, Steven (January 26, 2012). “Wikipedia puts Monmouth on frontier of a new kind of local history” . The Guardian . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ “Monmouthpedia: the city Wikipedia”,GNT, 18 May 2012.(in French)Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  10. Jump up^ “Public Wifi – Spectrum Internet” . . Retrieved 2016-11-14 .
  11. Jump up^ “Monmouth Library First in the World”,Monmouthshire Libraries, 21 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Moody, Glyn (January 5, 2012). “Is Monmouthpedia The Future of Wikipedia?” . Techdirt . Retrieved 6 May 2012 .
  13. Jump up^ Erika Morphy, “Tiny Welsh Burg Paints the Town Wiki”,TechNewsWorld, 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  14. Jump up^ “Gibraltarpedia”,Vox. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  15. Jump up^ Timon Singh, “Monmouth: The World’s First Wikipedia Town Launches In Wales”,Inhabitat, 22 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  16. Jump up^ Melissa Jones, “Could monmouthpedia bring Wikipedia to Chepstow effect”,South Wales Argus, 23 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  17. Jump up^ Monmouthshire County Council, Digital Communities Coordinator job description. Retrieved 13 November 2012
  18. Jump up^ “‘Brilliant’ Monmouthshire businesses praised” . Free Press. 10 October 2012 . Retrieved 18 October 2012 .
  19. Jump up^ “Is Chepstow is next ‘Wikipedia town’?” . . Retrieved 18 October 2012 .
  20. Jump up^ “Business Award Categories” . Monmouthshire Business Awards . Retrieved 13 November 2012 .
  21. Jump up^ Wikimedia UK review.

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