Wikipedia has launched a new feature called “Nearby” that suggests articles based on a user’s location. This Nearby page is accessible via the main menu in the mobile Web version of Wikipedia. Click on it, give your permission for it to access your location, then you’ll see a list of Wikipedia articles based on where you are located. Currently, the page is designed to pull up articles that lack images, but it invites users to “illustrate” articles, which they can do via their mobile device. This is an interesting feature – it actually gives wiki crowd-sourcing more interactive form. Jon Robson, Software Engineer, Mobile at the Wikimedia Foundation said:
Thanks to the terrific work of our editor community, Wikipedia has accumulated a massive amount of location data associated with its millions of articles; until now we have not fully taken advantage of this information
And that’s truth. I can imagine many situations where Nearby feature will be used as a travel guide, and I guess there are much more applications. It’s really cool. How will you use it?