Monday, December 17, 2007

Wikia search engine to be launched?

The NewScientistTech is reporting that the Wikia search engine being created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales could be released into test as early as next week. Kind of cool that they would be using a network of peered PCs to compile the index.

The open-source search engine backed by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales could go live as an early test version as soon as next week. Unlike Google, Search Wikia will not share search data with advertisers, nor invade privacy by storing users' search terms.

In a SETI@home-style project, 500 volunteers are running web-crawlers to compile Search Wikia's web index, which so far totals 100 million pages. Jeremie Miller, the project's technology chief, hopes an "alpha" version of the engine will be running by Christmas.

Having another search choice will be quite awesome. I'm anxious to see how the social aspects will work. I do think that people have privacy concerns with Google, and that if the engine returns good results it will be widely adopted.

From the Search Wikia Labs site

Our Four Organizing Principles (TCQP) - the future of Internet Search must be based on:

* 1. Transparency - Openness in how the systems and algorithms operate, both in the form of open source licenses and open content + APIs.
* 2. Community - Everyone is able to contribute in some way (as individuals or entire organizations), strong social and community focus.
* 3. Quality - Significantly improve the relevancy and accuracy of search results and the searching experience.
* 4. Privacy - Must be protected, do not store or transmit any identifying data.

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