Wikipedia works on its own search engine2016-02-16 03:05 by Daniela
Wikipedia has recently announced that it will build its own search engine, called Knowledge Engine. It is claimed to be "the internet's first transparent search engine".
Wikipedia's parent organisation - Wikimedia Foundation, had in September been granted a $250,000 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The money will be used for the development of the Knowledge Engine.
The project is expected to work similar to Google's, Bing's or Yahoo's respective Knowledge Graph projects that identify and connect similar entities such as person, places and things. This technology would connect a search on one site to similar content from others, all internal to the network of sites.
"We continually work to improve how people can find and engage with this content, including but not limited to searching on Wikipedia. This is in keeping with Wikimedia's commitment to operating in free and open way, without running ads and while protecting user privacy," a representative from the Wikimedia Foundation said.
"We do not have plans to build a new search engine: our objective is to improve the existing search experience on Wikimedia projects and help people find content across the projects," he added. "As the first phase of undertaking these improvements we received a grant to research how people access and interact with Wikimedia content. The grant agreement outlines a general direction, but the results of this first phase of prototyping and community dialogues will determine our next steps, in collaboration with the Wikimedia community."
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