Well well well, what do we have here. Sorry friends and family, it looks like I am about to become even more addicted to my smartphone (its not my fault I want to be an endless pit of knowledge!) Wikipedia (already an obsession of mine) has launched its first location-based feature for mobile use. Well, maybe its first feature period for mobile use? The app is called Wikipedia Nearby. Wikipedia Nearby pulls up articles related to your current position; of course, this means that the app is GPS-enabled. I didn’t know this but at the moment some Wikipedia entries have spatial coordinates, but that will undoubtedly grow to all Wikipedia entries when the app takes off.
The app’s main purpose is to show you cool things that are nearby. Like Yelp, which can show you restaurants and entertainment that are nearby Wikipedia’s app will inform you of historic sites, parks, museums and other notable things that you are close to. Its secondary purpose is for picture taking. Wikipedia Nearby integrates with the camera of the mobile device in use so that users can snap pictures of the nearby entry and easily upload it to the entry. This feature will undoubtedly increase Wikipedia’s image
four– ten-twentyfold! Heads up though, your uploaded pictures are automatically classified under Wiki’s free use license (meaning anyone can use your photos.)
“Wikipedia’s entrance into the world of spatial data, alongside popular location-based apps such as Foursquare, means that it will continue to strengthen itself as the main source of information.” (Daniel Rotsztain from Popupcity.net)
“Of course, something like Wikipedia Nearby will be even more useful when wearables like Google Glass grow in prevalence, augmented the real-world view of the wearer’s surroundings with snippets of historical and contextual data. So far, location-based services have focused more on transactions and entertainment, but there’s a huge space for more educational information to be added in.” (Chris Davies from Slashgear.com)