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[[Image:Bletchley_Park.jpg|right|280px|Bletchley Park]]
 
[[Image:Bletchley_Park.jpg|right|280px|Bletchley Park]]
Welcome to '''Cryptotourism''', a sightseeing guide for cryptography and its history. As a wiki, everyone is welcome to start new articles, add or update information, correct mistakes, and so on!
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Welcome to '''Cryptotourism''', a sightseeing guide for cryptography and its history. When complete, this guide should be able to answer question such as:
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# I'm going on a business trip to Chicago; while I'm there, are there any places of interest with regards to cryptography?
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# Where can I go to view an [[Enigma]] machine?
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Currently, this wiki has not been publicised, although if you've stumbled across it, feel free to contribute. After I've done a little work seeding the wiki with a few basic articles and structure, I'll ([[User:Matt Crypto]]) publicise the Wiki to a few groups and people.
   
 
==Articles==
 
==Articles==
* See [[:Category:Cryptotourism]] for the list of all articles.
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* See [[:Category:Cryptotourism]] for a list of all articles.
* See [[List of places by country]] for an index by country
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* See [[List of places by country]] for the index of articles by country
 
* See [[Cipher machines]] for the index of encryption devices
 
* See [[Cipher machines]] for the index of encryption devices
   
 
==Why start such a site?==
 
==Why start such a site?==
One reason is that, in 2003, [[User:Matt Crypto|I]] visited Chicago and had the chance to briefly visit the [[Chicago Museum of Science and Industry]]. I had no idea, however, that the museum housed the U-505 and other material of interest in the history of cryptography; I managed to miss these exhibits altogether! I was quite disappointed to find out about it only later after my return to the UK.
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One reason is that, in 2003, I ([[User:Matt Crypto]]) visited Chicago and had the chance to briefly visit the [[Chicago Museum of Science and Industry]]. I had no idea, however, that the museum housed the U-505 and other material of interest in the history of cryptography; I managed to miss these exhibits altogether! I was quite disappointed to find out about it only later after my return to the UK.
   
 
I hope that this site might help people with an interest in the history of cryptography to find out about things to see — things that they might never otherwise have heard about.
 
I hope that this site might help people with an interest in the history of cryptography to find out about things to see — things that they might never otherwise have heard about.
 
When complete, this guide should be able to answer question such as:
 
# I'm visiting Chicago; while I'm there, is there anywhere worth visiting with regards to cryptography?
 
# Where can I go to see an [[Enigma]] machine?
 
 
Currently, this wiki has not been publicised, although if you've stumbled across it, you would be very welcome to contribute. After I've done a little work seeding the wiki with a few basic articles and structure, I'll publicise the Wiki to a few groups and people.
 
   
 
==Draft policies==
 
==Draft policies==
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* Articles on museums which either focus on cryptography (e.g. [[National Cryptologic Museum|National Cryptologic Museum]], [[Bletchley Park]]) or which include items of interest in cryptography, e.g. [[Smithsonian]], [[British Science Museum|British Science Museum]].
 
* Articles on museums which either focus on cryptography (e.g. [[National Cryptologic Museum|National Cryptologic Museum]], [[Bletchley Park]]) or which include items of interest in cryptography, e.g. [[Smithsonian]], [[British Science Museum|British Science Museum]].
 
* Locations of interest to cryptography; perhaps things like the birthplace of [[Alan Turing]], memorials to cryptographers, current and past headquarters of crypto agencies, undeciphered inscriptions, and so on.
 
* Locations of interest to cryptography; perhaps things like the birthplace of [[Alan Turing]], memorials to cryptographers, current and past headquarters of crypto agencies, undeciphered inscriptions, and so on.
* Handy general information about a museum/location (how to get there, opening times, prices, etc.)
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* Handy general information about a location (how to get there, opening times, prices, etc.)
* Specific information about the cryptographic aspects of a museum/location.
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* More specific information about the cryptographic aspects of a location.
* Photographs.
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* Photographs of the various locations.
* "Index articles" — for example, an [[Enigma]] article should list locations of viewable Enigma machines; the [[United Kingdom]] article should list all the interesting locations within the UK, etc.
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* "Index articles" — for example, an [[Enigma]] article should list locations of viewable Enigma machines; the [[United Kingdom]] article should list all the interesting locations within the UK, and so forth.
   
 
''Things to exclude:''
 
''Things to exclude:''
* Detailed information about cryptography or its history; this is better handled by linking to [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]], a free encyclopedia. At the start of an article, a couple of sentences introducing the topic should suffice.
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* Detailed information about cryptography or its history; this is better handled by [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]]. At the start of an article, a couple of sentences introducing the topic should suffice.
* Guides to places or museums outside of the scope of cryptography; this is better handled by [[Wikitravel:Wikitravel|Wikitravel]], a free travel guide.
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* Guides to places or museums outside of the scope of cryptography; this is better handled by [[Wikitravel:Wikitravel|Wikitravel]].
   
 
''Style:''
 
''Style:''
 
* If available, a link to appropriate Wikipedia or WikiTravel articles should be provided after the headword; such as: "'''United Kingdom''' ''[[Wikipedia:United Kingdom|(Wikipedia)]] [[Wikitravel:United Kingdom|(Wikitravel)]]''..."
 
* If available, a link to appropriate Wikipedia or WikiTravel articles should be provided after the headword; such as: "'''United Kingdom''' ''[[Wikipedia:United Kingdom|(Wikipedia)]] [[Wikitravel:United Kingdom|(Wikitravel)]]''..."
* We want to keep the wiki up to date, as, for example, a museum might move a collection into archive storage for a while and so on.
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* We want to keep the wiki up to date, as, for example, a museum might move a collection into archive storage for a while and so on. For this reason, it's a good idea to date reports so a reader can know how fresh the information is.
   
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