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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikipedia Nearby (Beta)

 10:16 am on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

We are happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation mobile team has been working on a Nearby page to surface this information. Along with the goal of bringing awareness of the surrounding areas to our existing readers, we hope that this simple tool can attract new editors to these articles, whether it is to update the information on the exhibits in a local museum, or simply to add a photo of a nearby park that is in severe need of a properly licensed lead image.Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikipedia Nearby (Beta) [blog.wikimedia.org]



 10:29 am on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Well, that will nicely wipe out all the "local events and life" sites, and the "local and specialised tourism" ones..and the "what's ons"..in fact any small sites about an area, will now have their content added to "nearby" by "editors" ( whether they like it or not ) and thus into Google's knowledge graph..which "finds things" on wikipedia..


 3:13 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Not sure how it got my location so close from a desktop, but it's spot on.

Kind of limited, only returns 27 results for me.

Leosghost, not sure if it will do all that. If it only draws from Wikipedia, which it appears it does, then only content that is encyclopedic in nature should be returned. Guess we'll have to see in what direction this grows.


 3:44 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking that the fact that they are asking for "new editors to these articles" ..means they are going to get new editors from each local area..who may well not create their own texts or images..but will ( as unfortunately many wikipedia editors do ) "find" what they need on independent "local websites"..and use it to write their wiki "nearby" pages ( or to embellish the existing wikipedia ones )..and wikipedia outranks any site on the same subject..


 4:30 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Re the "borrowing" of content, I can see the potential problem but Wikipedia has clear guidelines on what it is and what it isn't. I don't see the majority of local data qualifying as belonging in Wikipedia - but it could change or branch in some way in the future.

In reality it's quite likely that a good proportion of points of interest will have official information/descriptions available on a bespoke website or on a central government/council/tourism site. Also, Wikipedia is supposed to be subjective - so you should not see opinions through the nearby page; that's an area where local guide sites can differentiate themselves.

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