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Proposed logo of JoburgpediA Project

Monmouthpedia is the first Wikipedia project to embrace a whole town—specifically, the Welsh town of Monmouth. This was done through installing Cream plaques containing QRCodes next to buildings and other objects and linking these to Wikipedia articles.

A QR Code (it stands for "Quick Response") is a cell phone readable bar code that can store website URL's, when scanned by a smart phone, it will direct the browser of the smart phone to the url.

A blue plaque is a tool used to commemorate significant sites (sites can be significant to a community for a whole host of reasons). It is an invitation to people to discover more about a site and its history. The iconic look is the circular shape with white writing on a blue background. It is currently estimated that there are about 150 to 200 blue plaques in and around Johannesburg.



The aim of this project is to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johanesburg with historic and heritage importance. QR codes ( in a ceramic or metallic plate ) will be installed next to blue plaques in Johannesburg city as a pilot project during the year 2013.

Project Implementation

The project will be implemented in four phases during the year 2013. It will include selection of ten buildings in Johannesburg to be used as pilot, the upload of basic metadata and low resolution images to new or existing Wikipedia Articles (English), Installation of QR code ceramic/metallic plates next to Blue Plaques and editathons and translation rallies. The details of the phases are as follows:

Phase 1: Selection and endorsement

The first phase of this project entails project inception and conceptualisation. Due to the nature and scale of the project, all affected stakeholders (WM-ZA, Blue Plaques and City of Jo'burg) must finalise the scale, all necessary endorsements and legal agreements on technicalities of the project upfront.

Phase 2: Sourcing of Metadata

James to investigate possibility of JHF (and other bodies) to donate minimum meta data on these buildings.

Phase 3: Installation of QR Code tiles

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Phase 4: Content creation

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Project Timeline

Item Activity Date Status
Phase 1 Selection and endorsement Jan - Feb Symbol wait.svg Doing...
1 Project Conception meeting with James Ball 21-Dec-2012 Yes check.svg Done
2 Chapter endorsement in board meeting 12-Jan-2013
3 Issue call for participation amongst wikimedians around JHB 13-Jan-2013
4 Project partners follow up meeting to finalise all necessary endorsements 19-Jan-2013
5 Finalise agreement details on donation of meta data between JHF, blue plaques and WM-ZA 26-Jan-2013
6 Finalise list of buildings for implementation 26-Jan-2013
Phase 2 Sourcing of Metadata Feb - Mar
1 Create and submit grant request to WMF Feb-2013
2 Begin sourcing batch upload of basic metadata and low res photos from JHF Feb-2013
3 Populate QRCodes for selected buildings on Wikipedia Feb-2013
Phase 3 Installation of QR Code tiles March
1 Hire company to produce cream plaques for selected sites Mar-2013
Phase 4 Content creation April - Jun
1 Organise editathon 1 around JoburgpediA April-2013
2 Organise editathon 2 around JoburgpediA April-2013
3 Organise translation Rally around JoburgpediA May-2013
4 Write and submit report on pilot project Jun-2013

Impact and Monitoring

Outcome and crowd sourcing

  • Track number of times the ceramic QR code is scanned.
  • create a feedback mechanism.


  • Blue Plaque - James Hall
  • City of JHB- Eric Itzkin
  • Wikimedia ZA- Dumisani Ndubane

More about QR coding

  1. QR Stuff
  2. QR Code on Wikipedia
  3. QRpedia on Wikipedia
  4. QR Pedia on Wikimedia Outreach Portal
  5. Official QRPedia website. Can be used to create QR codes to WP Articles by dropping WP article URL.
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