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FREO’S FREOPEDIA QR PROJECT FIRST IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 23, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF FREMANTLE:

Fremantle’s world famous heritage buildings are about to enter the digital age with the launch of the Freopedia QR Code Heritage Project.

Conceived by the Fremantle Society in partnership with WIKIMEDIA Australia; and sponsored by the Fremantle Business Improvement District and the City of Fremantle, Freopedia will cement Fremantle’s status as the first city in Australia to have a virtual Smartphone tour of its historic buildings and sites

The project, which involves QR coding of a number of these significant Fremantle sites, will be launched at 4.30 pm this Sunday (May 26) at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery as part of the 2013 City of Fremantle Heritage Festival.

“Freopedia will provide visitors to Fremantle with virtual smart phone access to Wikipedia articles of significant buildings and subjects in Fremantle,” said Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt.  “It means that anyone with a Smartphone will be able to take a self-guided tour of Fremantle with information available at their fingertips.

“My thanks go out to the Fremantle Society, WIKIMEDIA Australia and the Fremantle BID for their support of this initiative,” he added.

Project coordinator, Roel Loopers said Freopedia was a work in progress, but would grow to become an invaluable resource for research into Fremantle’s heritage. “In time I think we’ll see the entire history of Fremantle available on Wiki and on Smartphone’s and available to everyone,” he said. “Fremantle has such a rich and interesting history and we want to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy finding out more about Fremantle.

“We will also be working on ensuring the information is available in the language the Smartphone is set on, which will be a great service to tourism in the port city, particularly with the many thousands of international cruise ship passengers that arrive and disembark each year.”

For more information contact Roel Loopers on 0419 850981 or email roel.loopers@iinet.net.au

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