April 30, 2007 9:00 PM PDT

Jabber creator signs on to Wikia search project

Jabber founder Jeremie Miller has signed on to help develop Wikia's open-source search engine project, the organization announced.

The Wikia project aims to develop a search engine, crawlers and other indexing tools through a collaborative, open-source process.

"Jeremie is a brilliant thinker and a natural fit to help revolutionize the world of search," Wikipedia and Wikia co-founder Jimmy Wales said in a statement. "I believe Internet search is currently broken, and the way to fix it is to build a community whose mission is to develop a search platform that is open and totally transparent."

Contributors will likely include graduate students, as well large companies that want to include search functionality in their products but don't want to pay royalties to a search company, according to Wikia CEO Gil Penchina. Another constituency will likely be smaller search companies that don't have the time or money to do everything required for a complete search service themselves.

"Everyone has to crawl the Web, but it costs a lot of money," Penchina said. "There has been a lot of interest in academia for better tools."

The ultimate goal of the project is to bring "absolute transparency, collaboration and human intelligence to complement search algorithms," according to a press release.

Not mentioned in the press release is the fact that Wikia is a for-profit venture. The complete business plan has yet to be worked out, but profits and revenue may be derived from advertising or services, Penchina said. The intellectual property behind Wikia, however, will be freely licensed under standard open-source mechanisms.

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Why does the face of the world look like this
Ok so draw a triangle above the earth.
now draw a line down from that earth with the UK in the middle to a place just above south africa.
now put a j like smile on the one side with a dot representing the left eye and then dar a straight line up to britian.
And now ask yourself is this my true face have i been milked for as long as i know.
Now do you really wonder why the food is so poor in quality that you eat.
Maybe you should ask the wikipedia and the internet see if it has an answer for you.
However watch out for that all seaing eye of the freemaseaions.
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Okaaaaaaaay...
This daily acid trip brought to you by the number purple and the letter eleventeenty-three.
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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Wikipedia is not open itself!
Wikipedia allows only what the top wants people to believe, not what is factual. Saying that he wants open-source search engines does not make it true that he wants it. The statement by him only serves as an advertisement to promote Wikipedia, thereby increasing his income and his ego, which is the only true source of information that a contributor must match or the
contribution will be edited at review(by the head nazi himself)and then THAT is posted, as if the original contributor had originated THAT piece. That type of journalism has led Wikipedia
to be a collection of the beliefs of the founder
disguised as being public-originated. A fraud.
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