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FREMANTLE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL WIKIMEDIA CONVENTION

 

Fremantle will host the second only WIKIMEDIA ASIA OCEANIA CONVENTION next year from October 31 to November 2. The first one is held on Bali this month.

Between 400-500 delegates are expected to visit and stay in Fremantle for the convention at the Esplanade Hotel, so that is a boost for our local traders.

Wikimedia partnered with the Fremantle Society years ago for the Freopedia project, which put QR codes on historic buildings for tourist information, but unfortunately the project was later discontinued.

No doubt Fremantle will prominently feature on the internet and social media when all the international guests are in town.

Roel Loopers

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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF WIKIMEDIA

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 7, 2014

Wikimedia Commons celebrates its 10th anniversary, so congratulations and thank you to all those volunteers around the world for uploading information and photos!

In Fremantle we owe a special thank you to those volunteers who have been writing historic information of Fremantle and uploaded it to Wiki. Without them the Freopedia QR Code Project would not have been possible, and it will only grow with the support of people willing to do research, write articles, take and scan photos, and upload it all to Wikimedia.

22 million+ images make Wikimedia Commons the world’s largest freely licensed educational media repository.

More than 22 million media files have been uploaded by the Wikimedia volunteer community over the decade since Commons came into being. The Wikimedia Foundation have a dedicated community of creators and institutions who continue to share their images and other media so that the project has flourished and will continue to thrive.

In the past ten years, creators have contributed to Commons in a variety of ways, including the annual Wiki Loves Monuments contest, which is currently inviting submissions through the end of September. The Guinness Book of World Records named Wiki Loves Monuments the largest photo contest in the world, and it has inspired more 900,000 image uploads since 2010.

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INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR FREOPEDIA QR PROJECT

Posted in fremantle, heritage by freoview on August 10, 2014

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Well done Fremantle Society! The Freopedia QR Code history project conceived by FS in collaboration with Wikimedia was considered “one of the coolest projects taking place around the world” at WIKIMANIA, the annual WIKIMEDIA conference held in London(UK).

Keep an eye out for the little plaques around town. Download a free QR code reader, zoom in with your smartphone camera, and read the historic information about the specific site you are standing at.

Many more plaques will be installed in the near future, once funding for it is forthcoming.

Roel Loopers

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HUGE FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Posted in architecture, fremantle by freoview on May 17, 2014

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It has been one of the best Fremantle Heritage Festivals I have been part of and there is still more to come all weekend, so check out the program on the City of Fremantle website.

Today the Fremantle Society organised a tour of the Dalgety&Co woolstores, better known in Freo as the Fort Knox building. The building will see the adaptive re-use into New York style apartments in the Heirloom by Match project.

The tour participants were very impressed with the grand old building, the old wool presses and the stunning development plans, with many wishing they had half a million stacked away to buy one of the apartments.

In the afternoon Wikipedian Gideon Digby took a tour of the FREOPEDIA QR  project, a collaboration between WIKIMEDIA and the Freo Society and sponsored by BID. When smartphones scan the QR codes they are directed to the Wikipedia on-line encyclopedia and can read the available information in the language the smartphone is set on.

It’s been a very busy week and I feel exhausted, but tomorrow, Sunday May 18 at 11 am FS president Henty Farrar will take you on a ‘hidden cafes’ discovery bicycle tour. It starts at the Moore&Moore Cafe in Henry Street, so hop on your bike and join in for a caffeine inspired ride.

Photos are impressions of the Fort Knox and Freopedia tours.

Roel Loopers

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FREO CLUB CRAWL VERY POPULAR

Posted in architecture, fremantle by freoview on May 17, 2014

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The fourth Fremantle CLUB CRAWL, as part of this year’s Heritage Festival, was a great success on Friday night with more than 100 people participating in the tour of the Navy Club, Buffalo Club and Workers Club. The tour was lead by journalist and author of Fighting for Fremantle Ron Davidson and former Freo councillor and now president of the Workers Club Don Whittington.

No doubt the Buffalo Club is the most photogenic of the three clubs with the upstairs room featuring furniture made out of match sticks. They also have a singing reindeer in the bar. The Workers Club generously supplied the participants with cheese and olive platters and party pies, while Don Whittington talked about the 100 year history of the club supported by a great power point presentation produced by designer Bob Somerville. It was fantastic to see so many younger people interested in this heritage event, so thank you to all the clubs for showing us around!

Roel Loopers

P.S. I stayed outside to direct latecomers, so no photos of the Navy Club.

Two festival events this Saturday! Tour of the Fort Knox (former Dalgety&Co) warehouse at 10 am, and at 1 pm an Introduction to the Freopedia QR Code guide starting at the Round House.

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FREOPEDIA MAP GOOD FOR TOURISM

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 14, 2014

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Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District has produced a FREOPEDIA map to inform people about the QR code project conceived by the Fremantle Society. Freopedia is an ongoing heritage project that enables people to get information about significant sites in our city via a smartphone app that will direct them to the multilingual  WIKIMEDIA library.

The great feature of Freopedia is that it allows visitors to Fremantle to explore the city in their own time and at their own leisure, day or night and seven days a week, without the need for guided tours.

On Saturday May 17 there will be a QR information tour as part of the Heritage Festival. It starts at 1 pm at the Round House and is free. No bookings required. Just bring your smartphone and download a free QR Code App from the internet beforehand.

Roel Loopers

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FREOPEDIA FINALIST IN STATE HERITAGE AWARD

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 5, 2014

I am delighted that the FREOPEDIA QR Code project by the Fremantle Society has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Western Australian State Heritage Awards.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob announced the 26 regional and 30 metropolitan finalists. The winners will be known on April 3.

Freopedia is in the Outstanding Interpretation Project That Enhances A Place category together with the Fremantle Arts Centre smartphone App on the history of the Navy Building.

Fremantle Society member Gideon Digby, who is one of the main players in the Freopedia Wikimedia project, is also a finalist in the Professor David Dolan Award.

Roel Loopers

THE GREAT FREMANTLE FREOPEDIA PROJECT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 8, 2013

If you would like to find out what FREOPEDIA is all about, why not join a walking tour this Wednesday, September 11, as part of the Meeting Place program. It starts at 10 am in front of the Round House and will introduce you to this smartphone QR code historic information app that was conceived by the Fremantle Society in collaboration with Wikimedia. The tour is free and will be conducted by Wikimedian Gideon Digby. It will be a nice two-hour stroll through the west end of Fremantle.

Freopedia is a virtual smartphone historic tour guide of Fremantle. Small signs have been attached to buildings and monuments and can be read by your smartphone camera, this will link you to the relevant article on the Wikimedia cloud library about the sites. Wikimedia is multilingual, so over time the information will come up in the language the smartphone is set on, thus making it a great feature for tourism.

Fremantle is the first Wikitown in Australia and the Southern hemisphere!

Roel Loopers

MEETING PLACE FREOPEDIA INTRO WALKS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 16, 2013

The Fremantle Society in collaboration with WIKImedia is holding two FREOPEDIA introduction walking sessions organised by The Meeting Place on Wednesdays August 22 and September 11 from 10 am to 12 noon, starting at the Round House.

FREOPEDIA was conceived by the Fremantle Society as a modern way of sharing our city’s heritage and history with visitors and locals. It is a QR code attached to significant sites that can be read by smartphones and will go straight to the relevant article about the sites on WIKI. It is a virtual tourguide that can be enjoyed 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at one’s own leisure and pace.

If you are interested to find out more or create articles about historic sites for the project, join Gideon Digby and me this Wednesday at 10 at the Round House!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S FREOPEDIA PROJECT FIRST IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 4, 2013

The FREMANTLE SOCIETY, the always active custodians of Fremantle‘s heritage, were at it again this morning when President Henty Farrar and IT expert Sam Wilson attached the first few of the  the first series of 70 QR code FREOPEDIA  signs on buildings around the city. This will enable people with a smartphone to scan the QR code that will link them to the relevant item on WIKIMEDIA. Over time the information will come up in the language the smartphone is set on, making it a great project for tourism.

Fremantle is the first Wikimedia town in the southern hemisphere! It was sponsored by the Fremantle B.I.D.

If you like to know more, or participate in Freopedia, there are two information sessions at the Meeting Place, so check out their program.

Roel Loopers

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