“Wikimedia is working on its own search engine”

Feb

16

2016

Recent documents would prove that the Wikimedia Foundation is working on a search engine. The organization has received a grant of $ 250,000 to work on this project. President Jimmy Wales, however, denies that there are plans for a search engine.

The newspaper The Wikipedia Signpost brought recently the story that Wikipedia would work on a project that first was called ‘Knowledge Engine “and is now known as” Wikimedia Discovery. The project would aim to develop a search engine. This presumption, however, contradicted by Wikimedia itself. There would therefore be no question of the fact that the organization would build “a second Google,” said Wikimedia president Jimmy Wales. The project should own Cirrus Search infrastructure improvement .

Wikimedia now has the response to the article in The Signpost grant letter published by the stock exchange. It would appear that the project was indeed aimed at the development of a search engine, according to The Signpost. Thus, the goal of the project would be to build ‘a system for finding reliable public information on the Internet. ” The fair of converted 223,000 euro from the Knight Foundation, which is committed to innovation and improvement in areas such as journalism and media.

The letter shows that the Knowledge Engine discovering media, news and information must democratize. Unlike commercial engines this project have a transparent search engine ‘produce, which “shall make available relevant information and non-commercial purposes should be.” It would also be carried out a risk assessment shows that “the greatest risk to the project as Google or Yahoo come up with a similar idea.

The details of the grant from the Knight Foundation were not publicly known at first. According to The Register was one of the factors that played at the start of Wikimedia board member James Heilman in December. He would have put the government under pressure to bring out information about the project. He was against the adoption of the fair, but ultimately the board voted for.

The letter shows that the whole project should cost $ 2.5 million and the first phase will last until August 31 this year.

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