The Freopedia project was launched during the 2013 Fremantle Heritage Festival to mark the commencement of this exciting project – a collaboration between the Fremantle Society and the Wikipedia Australia. At the launch by the Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt the Society President Henty Farrar described it as “an historic occasion for the Society” following in the footsteps of the huge heritage listing project that the Society undertook in the late 70’s early 80’s.
Craig Franklin, the President of the Australian Chapter of Wikipedia who had travelled from Brisbane to be at the launch, described how the Fremantle wikitowns project had evolved as a first for Australia.
The project was the brain child of our former President Mr Roel Loopers and was funded under a grant from the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID), with the generous support of the City. Freowikie would not be possible without the dedication of the Society and Wikemedians working on preparing the materials.More that seventy sites will be identified in the first phase with the distinctive small plaque and QR code that links via your smartphone to the detail about the place. This detail can be viewed/read in any language by a selection on the side bar when the information is displayed on you phone.
To get started and to get your smartphone to read QR codes, you first need to go to your search bar and search and download the QR Code reader. Then it’s a simple matter of seeing the little plate on the building, selecting your QR reader on your phone – pointing it at the code from about a foot away. Your phone will do the rest.
At this stage we are hoping to have the first lot of QR plaques installed in the next week or so.