Sunday, October 02, 2011

Wikipedia's new QR Pedia codes

The New York Times reports on a totally cool new use of QR codes pioneered by Wikipedia. On September 28, Wikipedia announced on their Wikimedia blog an easy method for users to generate QR codes for Wikipedia articles, and paste them where needed. OTJ readers probably already are familiar with QR codes and know that they can be easily read by smart phones, which then will display the wikipedia article, or whatever is linked to the code. The phone has a setting that tells the QR code what language is required for Wikipedia's article. If there is not a copy of the article in your preferred language, it will select "the most relevant article instead." It would be interesting to test the relevance selecting software! But the Wikimedia article explains that the multilingual feature allowed the Derby Museum and Gallery in England to install labels that worked to support visitors from all over the world (here is a link to the map showing their visitors for this project), at very low cost. This is a terrific and very useful new way to use QR codes that could extend the reach of libraries (we keep our fingers crossed that nothing gets linked to sites that get vandalized!). The image of a QR code is from http://megcanavan.wordpress.com/tag/qr-codes/

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

How are we looking at the paintings of Mark Rothko these days?
Is he old hat, replaced in America by more contemporary concerns? Looking at his minimal canvases and their enticing floating squares of subdued paint live at the MOMA recently, I had to stop to wonder whether he still communicates to a modern and younger audience.
Wahooart.com, the site that sells good canvas prints to order from their database of digital images, has many Rothko prints. I ordered this one, Blue and grey, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWU7F, that I have now hanging in my study. I can spend a long time looking at this elusive image that takes me to some other place not in this world.