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Tartu Plans to Go QR

View of Tartu. Soon to be scannable by smartphones, all over.
View of Tartu. Soon to be scannable by smartphones, all over. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Tartu, the self-styled "city of good ideas," is looking to become the city of informative barcodes.

Vikipeedia, the Estonian-language version of the collaboratively edited information source, has launched a major project that would cover the city and its history more exhaustively than any other town in Estonia.

The city and the non-profit Wikimedia Eesti are putting out a call for articles and photographs that would significantly flesh out the information available on the community, reported today.

Once the article database is ready, available in a number of languages other than Estonian as well, Tartupeedia will go mobile - meaning that little scannable QR codes will be installed in the real-life city.

A board member of Wikimedia Eesti, Raul Veede, said the idea came from Monmouth, a city in Wales.

"Some time ago a similar project was carried out there. It's a place with about 8,000 inhabitants. Now Estonians don't know much about this city, but the fact that it made the Estonian news is an indicator in its own right," he said.

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