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Proposed logo of JoburgpediA Project

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.

This project intends installing QR codes ( in a ceramic or metallic plate ) next to blue plaques in Johannesburg city as a pilot project during the year 2013.



The aim of this project is to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johanesburg with historic and heritage importance.

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

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Phase 2: Sourcing of Metadata

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Phase 3: Installation of QR Code tiles

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Phase 4: Content creation

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QR Coding for JHB building


  • QR coding of ten buildings ( list to be finalised with James )
  • QR coding technicalities to be verified by Dumisani
  • James to investigate possibility of JHF (and other bodies) to donate minimum meta data on these buildings.

Time frame:

  • Grant proposal Mid Feb 2013
  • Funded Mid March
  • Three months to implement


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

Proposed meeting amongst partners around end of Jan.

Outcome and crowd sourcing

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

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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