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A Wikipedia Search Engine?

For about a year now there have been some rumors and speculations circulating the web development world. Now, it seems like they are actual fact, but there’s a bit of a twist. It appears Wikipedia will eventually launch a search engine, but it’s somewhat strange and not everyone is thrilled about it. TheNextWeb.com reports that Wikipedia received a grant of $250,000 from the Knight Foundation to go towards advancement of media. Maintaining the custom of transparency, the organization has released the following statement. “We are not building Google… The Wikimedia movement’s vision is to make the sum of all human knowledge freely available to everyone.” We at the Center for Marketing Research are very excited to see this new service launch!

Sources say that Wikipedia has settled that establishing better linkage between it’s existing asset is the project’s first priority. The addition of new data sources and expanded search to include contextual items has also been mentioned. “This could include a new ‘public curation of relevance,’ versus something like keywords and links, driven by Wikimedia’s Wikidata project. But is also believed to include new, scaleable machine-driven tools to ensure more search queries are answerable” says TheNextWeb.com Also in the works is a Wikipedia preload onto new handsets to expand it’s audience reach therefore adding new income. At this time, the organization has not released too much more information and we assume they’re still deciding what they would like to attempt. Stay informed on this topic, it might turn out to be amazing!

 

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Wikipedia is building an open-source search engine – but it’s a little confusing

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