Monday, April 18, 2016
Discover the World with Geopedia
Map based wikis are a great way to learn more about the world. They provide an amazing resource for discovering more about locations and places that you come across in your travels or in your daily life.
Wikimapia is one of the most successful interactive maps of all time. For ten years now Wikimapia has provided a great map based resource for discovering information about locations and points of interest around the world.
In essence Wikimapia is a website which lets you describe locations in the same way that Wikipedia allows you to add and edit articles in its wiki database. Like Wikipedia it provides an invaluable resource for researching and discovering information about the world - only with Wikimapia every entry is a real-world location.
To use Wikimapia you just need to search for a location on the map. and click on any of the highlighted areas to discover information about the selected location. For example, if you see an interesting looking building on your daily travels, you just need to click on the building on the Wikimapia map to read the Wikimapia wiki entry.
Another interesting way to discover information about places in the world is Geopedia, a new map based application for finding Wikipedia entries about points of interest around any location.
Gepedia uses the Wikipedia API to load all the Wikipedia entries for places around a location on an OpenStreetMap based map. Enter a location into the search bar or right-click on the map and markers will show all the Wikipedia entries near to your selected location.
Click on any of the map markers displayed on the map and the Wikipedia entry describing the point of interest or location is displayed in the map sidebar.