Wikitagging Physicality in Arlington


Originally uploaded by tbridge.

As I stood at the Ballston Metro yesterday, waiting for the bus that came only 30 minutes late, this 2D barcode caught my eye. It’s a placemark for Arlington VA, and a visual link made with something called Semapedia, which creates 2D barcodes that lead to the various WikiMedia projects out there in the wild.

It works with various cellphone cameras (though not my iPhone, sadly) that then process the 2D barcode into a URL and take you there, so if you were just hangin’ out at the bus shelter, waiting forever for the bus, you could read the Wikipedia entry for Arlington. Now, I don’t advise slapping stickers up on municipal property, but I suppose this is one way to graffiti that might actually be interesting to some…

4 Comments so far

  1. Stan Wiechers (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    nice find, that sticker has been there for a long time, good to see that he is still around;)

  2. stan wiechers (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    can i use the image for our project? we are going to taipeh today to present at the wikimania conference, the annual wikipedia event!

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    Sure thing, Stan, it’s CC licensed!

  4. emily lorraine (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    I like that – graffiti with knowledge – it should be a campaign.

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