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The Wikipedia Search Engine

By - December 26, 2006

Not sure I have much to say about this yet. I have lobbed a mail to Jimmy Wales to see if he’d be open to talking here…

Jimmy Wales, founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, is planning to build an online commercial search engine that would compete with Google and Yahoo.

The search engine, code-named Wikiasari, would combine open source technology and human intervention to deliver more relevant results than the algorithm-based systems used today, Wales said Tuesday. “Human intelligence is still the best thing we have, so let’s let humans do what they do best, and computers do what they do best.” Wikiasari combines the Hawaiian word for quick, “wiki,” with the Japanese word “asari,” which means “rummaging search.”

Apparently Jimmy is planning on taking the Nutch engine and mashing it up with conversational media approaches like Wikipedia. So far, no idea exactly how, and he mentions a two-year timeframe…Hmmm…


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14 thoughts on “The Wikipedia Search Engine

  1. Dr. Pete says:

    I’m reading too many comments that are calling this “human intelligence” and “wisdom of crowds” and contrasting that with Google. Isn’t algorithmically encapsulating the wisdom of crowds exactly what Google did? The idea of direct human indexing of the web is great, but the directories failed for one simple reason: human editors couldn’t keep up with the onslaught of content generation (especially when the user-generated web really kicked in). I’m very curious how Wales plans to get around this problem, even with a community-based project. Wikipedia’s 6,000,000+ entries is impressive, but it’s not even a scratch in the surface of what it would take to get a decent sampling of the worldwide web’s contents.

  2. sohbet says:

    Wikipedia’s 6,000,000+ entries is impressive, but it’s not even a scratch in the surface of what it would take to get a decent sampling of the worldwide web’s contents.

    nice..

  3. David says:

    Well John..you might want to check out the new site developed by Scott Jones (developer of Voicemail)it’s called Chacha it’s a free service with actual live help…

  4. Gary Price says:

    John,
    Just want to point out that many excellent and well maintained resources put together by a community (librarians and subject experts) have been going strong for many years. Examples include:

    LII
    http://www.lii.org

    Intute
    http://www.intute.ac.uk

    Education: The Gateway
    http://www.thegateway.org

    I have a few others (of many) listed in this post.
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/12/25/wikiasari-community-search-engine-what-about-info-pro-constructed-tools/

    Gary

    P.S. Many libraries also offer FREE 24x7x365 chat services with professionally trained librarians. Often referred to as virtual reference
    See:
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/09/05/virtual-reference-for-non-librarians/

  5. Gary Price says:

    John,
    Just want to point out that many excellent and well maintained resources put together by a community (librarians and subject experts) have been going strong for many years.

    I have a few (of many) listed in this post.
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/12/25/wikiasari-community-search-engine-what-about-info-pro-constructed-tools/

    Gary

    P.S. Many libraries also offer FREE 24x7x365 chat services with professionally trained librarians. Often referred to as virtual reference
    See:
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/09/05/virtual-reference-for-non-librarians/

  6. Tom says:

    Hi John,

    I think it is funny that people think that Mr. Wales attempt to enter the “Social Search Arena” is somehow supposed to be the end for Google. Google launched there CoOp program two months ago where it gives users/experts to build Custom Vertical Search Engines in there own realms. I think this is a much more viable offer to “Social Search”

    Happy New Year
    Tom

  7. Bob pack says:

    Jimmy…you should be Wikia-sorry
    I don’t get all the coverage for something so well not/ defined. I have a start-up search engine Sproose.com that already allows the users to moderate the index and create personalized rankings.

    Sproose/CEO

  8. pittfall says:

    What a wonderful idea(l), however, just as with anything else that a people touch, it gets tainted.

    We are a diverse and intelligent race, human beings, however, with all of the knowledge and understanding that we posses, we still kill, take advantage of and, more bluntly, screw each other in every context. That is why the algorithm engines are on top. We also don’t care about ourselves, let alone others, hence the fall of ODP. My prediction: they will stay that way until a fully functional AI is completed and applied to search.

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  12. “Wikipedia’s 6,000,000+ entries is impressive, but it’s not even a scratch in the surface of what it would take to get a decent sampling of the worldwide web’s contents.” u r right

  13. Lady says:

    The plan is good. But they need many peoples to get good search results.

  14. youtube says:

    The plan is good. But they need many peoples to get good search results.