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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the know-when-to-tip-and-when-to-bribe dept.
jones_supa writes "The Wikimedia Foundation has marked its 12th anniversary by launching a Creative-Commons-licensed travel guide called Wikivoyage. Like other Wikimedia projects, Wikivoyage contains material written collaboratively by volunteers. The site has launched under the aegis of Wikimedia with around 50,000 articles and approximately 200 volunteer editors. Wikivoyage started in 2006 as a travel guide in German and Italian, backed by the German non-profit Wikivoyage Association. The transition to a Wikimedia project was initiated by contributors and the Association, and content is currently offered in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. The purpose of the Wikivoyage is to promote education and knowledge of all countries and regions in the world, as well as understanding among nations. There's a huge global demand for travel information, but very few sources are both comprehensive and non-commercial. That's about to change."
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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage

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  • Earth (Score:5, Funny)

    by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @07:22PM (#42610685)
    Mostly harmless.
  • To be clear... (Score:5, Informative)

    by yelvington (8169) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @07:28PM (#42610763) Homepage

    Wikivoyage is largely a fork of Wikitravel, which has been around for years, but is under the control of a private business.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Epicaxia (2773451)

      As a long-time contributor to Wikitravel, I'm very glad to see Wikivoyage managed by Wikimedia. Internet Brands, the organization that took over Wikitravel some time ago, has been turning their site into a classic example of ham-handed monetization; compare intrusive travel booking banners [wikitravel.org] and horrendously limited search [wikitravel.org] to their respective [wikivoyage.org] alternatives [wikivoyage.org]. For a while, they were even several versions behind the MediaWiki platform itself. I abandoned contributing to Wikitravel last year, and I'm very happy to

  • by Marcion (876801) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @07:29PM (#42610781) Homepage Journal

    Your tourist site with ancient historical monuments is non-notable and the article has been deleted.
    See our top article:Twilight Land

  • It's their resources, so it's theirs to decide WTF they want to do with it. But here's a thought. What the Web sorely lacks isn't another Wiki dump of specialized topics that can be found in other Wikipages, something a web robot can do. The Wikimedia foundation is in a good position, more than any other non-commercial group, to start its own search engine to rival the corporate offerings of Google and Microsoft. Besides Google, Bing and specialist search sites for products, pr0n, and pirate wares, the othe

  • by Master Of Ninja (521917) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @08:35PM (#42611401)
    As people before have noted Wikivoyage is a fork of the Wikitravel [slashdot.org], and I thing this is a great thing for Internet freedom and collaborative work. For all the critcism Wikipedia has had, there is the goal to make knowledge free. Whilst Internet Brands abused the old wikitravel website, hopefully we can get a reformed great collaborative travel guide, and something to balance Tripadvisor
  • They have a mobile version of the web site. But I sincerely hope they make it possible to download offline packages for different areas. Pair it up with OpenStreetMap data , and you'd have a great app.

    • by xaxa (988988)

      They have a mobile version of the web site. But I sincerely hope they make it possible to download offline packages for different areas. Pair it up with OpenStreetMap data , and you'd have a great app.

      I'm certain they will -- that's one of the reasons for the fork of Wikitravel. Wikitravel made it very difficult to do a bulk-download of the content, which meant it was difficult to write an offline Android app, for example.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Check out Wikisherpa for Android and iOS. It really helped when I was in Japan, it supports offline browsing and helped me find hostels on a number of occasions.

    • by aikawa (776347)

      Offline version is already available: https://code.google.com/p/oxygenguide [google.com]

      Work is beginning on an Open-Source Android app to easily view/update this offline data: https://github.com/nicolas-raoul/OxygenGuide-Android [github.com]

    • Offline Wikivoyage [google.com] app now available on Google Play Store.

  • 1. Somewhat cheaper.
    2. Has the words "DON'T PANIC" in large friendly letters on the cover.

  • What matters most to me when traveling is avoiding the negative experiences. The internet is increasingly censorship-oriented, and quickly deletes posts that are critical of a place. I've been on other travel forums where the moderators will quickly delete my account if I say that e.g. most Mexican food in Austin, TX is bland and overspiced with raw jalapenos. I've had much better Mexican food elsewhere.

    • You mean negative subjective information?, I wouldn't like something like that. While what you're saying may be mostly true for a majority of people, "better mexican food" is really a matter of opinion. Maybe I'd accept an article stating that the food is more or less authentic in some place, comparing it to the original, which while still rather subjective, it can be measured or compared on specific ingredients, way of cooking, etc.

  • Another project Wikipedia can export its dysfunctional culture to... though to be fair, it seems German wikipedia is a lot less dysfunctional than the English.

    It's time someone did to wikis what distributed revision control did to software projects. Easy to fork, easy to maintain specialized trees without duplicating effort.

  • I can't wait to visit the spot in North America where George Washington [flickr.com] manipulated our nation's Great Stick and made a speech concerning public health.
    Visiting history, one edit at a time!

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