I've located some more information about Geovation now by myself:
Wales Coast Path only: What theme of the challenge does your idea address?:
3. Community engagement What problem are you trying to solve? : Green
tourism: what's around me? What makes it different?
How will your idea work? : There are two parts, fist we meet local groups
and show them how to add information onto a Wikipedia page: and that's
really simple! Secondly we show them how their articles can be geotagged.
The best part is enjoying a walk down the path with a smart phone, with any
AR tagged articles shown through the camera, informing the User (tourist or
local) about what's around them: history of that unusual building or
where's the nearest Young Farmers Club? What's the name of that mountain,
and where's the nearest toilet! Take a look at MonmouthpediA on Wikipedia
and multiply it by 10!
How will it provide a solution to the Challenge? : It's the best answer
possible! The local WI (or Merched y Wawr) will bring along old
photographs, which would be scanned in and uploaded, and their locations
geotagged. They would learn new skills on how to edit existing articles and
how to create new ones. The local chapel could write about the history of
their chapel, and so could the local cafe - including the opening times!
Schools could show off their latest Brochure for Parents and even nature
clubs could write about the local habitats. This is about: bringing people
together in order to inform walkers, cyclists and joggers what's around
What is the stage of development? What help and investment you need to
build it?: Because Wikipedia is so simple, it's ideal for this project.
Communities know about the geography and history, and culture of their area
MUCH better than an app writer or web-author sitting in his office in
Manchester! *Wikimedia UK would be asked to run the scheme, employing
Wikipedians*, just as the National Library does in London... and the
National Museum etc. Their help would be crucial. *Welsh Wicipedians have
also shown their enthusiasm and would filter out any unwanted
has a proven track record: why re-create the wheel all the time? It's an
app which is already installed on most iPads and iPhones! Pure and simple.
Neighbourhood Challenge only: How would you use Ordnance Survey data in
your solution? : See below.
Wales Coast Path only: How will you use geographic information in your
solution? : Yes! Geotagging on Wikipedia is so easy! One line and the whole
article pops up! Through Layar (invisible to the User), we would view
through the camera's phone what's around us, and automatically a number of
Wikipedian "W"s pop up wherever the article's location is. For example, an
User takes a look at a cluster of mountains, and immediately the "W" shows
that there is an article written, so the user chooses a mountain with his
or her finger and they're straight into the article! And not just Cymraeg
and English: there are over 250 languages on Wikipedia. All articles would
be geographically and traditionally (OS) tagged.
Living Paths – Roger Bamkin and Robin Owain of Monmouthpedia were the pair
behind this idea which will allow communities along the path to create a
Wikipedia page and post stories about their communities allowing diverse
local information to become accessible. Awarded: £17,500.
As I see it, this is a programme whereby Wikimedia UK pays Wikipedians to
get members of the public to become volunteer editors. You can see it as an
editor recruitment programme, and as a programme to secure unemployed
Wikipedian friends paid employment. There has been practically no
discussion of this on wiki to date.
On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Thomas Morton <
Hmm, well this is getting Murkier still. Have people
Someone on Jimbo's talk linked to this article:
a) Identifies Roger as WMUK director with implication he is acting in
b) Says that Gibraltar approached WMUK
I appreciated this is the media, so inaccuracey is likely. But I suggest
we quickly resolve the following issues:
* Did Gibraltar approach WMUK, or is this incorrect & they approached the
* If they did not approach WMUK, did they think, or were they led to think
they were approaching WMUK by whoever they did approach?
* Has Roger used his position as WMUK director to obtain this Gibraltar
I'm AGF that nothing untoward has happened here, but I suggest a statement
be issued with some urgency to clear these matters up. Or it may well
backfire on the charity.
On 18 September 2012 08:55, Jon Davies <jon.davies(a)wikimedia.org.uk>wrote;wrote:
Indeed - I think it is even mentioned in one of
our many governance
On 18 September 2012 08:52, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
Whilst there may be no precise misdemeanor, can we assume that our
charity (Wikimedia UK) follows and applies the Nolan Principles to all
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