Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Wikipedia guru and search

The BBC News website brought an interesting story to the masses a few days ago, concerning the online reference library Wikipedia and its potential move into the world of search.

Read the story here.

In short, Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has turned his attention to producing an engine that has users determining search results, rather than the computer algorithms so beloved by the likes of Google.

Wales is quoted as saying the search model is “broken”, because the engines lack freedom, community, accountability and transparency.

The Search Wikia project will be run by the Wikia Inc team and, the BBC says, is currently in a very early development phase with the hiring of people and purchase of hardware to get it off the ground.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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