Location-based Learning with Wikipedia Nearby

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photo courtesy of Wikipedia; User:Jdlrobson

Wikipedia is getting in on the location-based services bandwagon with Wikipedia Nearby, a new web application which provides uses with articles based on their proximity to the user. Available for both mobile and PC, the app takes advantage of MediaWiki’s relatively new GeoData extension, which connected geo-coordinates to a central API which programmers could query to build stuff like this.

The foundation is hoping Nearby will attract new editors to the Wikipedia fold, as users will be able to provide their own photos and updated information of nearby places-of-interest on-site. I tried it out; everything works well, though there’s not much interesting history in the suburban New Jersey town I’m currently typing from to comment on. Check it out for yourself here.


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