Wikipedia To Create Its Own Search Engine

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The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has announced that it is going to build its own search engine. It intends to spend 2.5 million US dollars on building the search engine, named Wikimedia Discovery, and aspires to compete against the likes of Google. Wikimedia Discovery wants to be the world’s “first transparent search engine” and has pledged to protect user privacy, include no advertising, and give open data access to meta data. At first, Wikimedia Discovery will just contain information drawn from Wikipedia, but the company hopes that it will eventually also contain information from other open sources of information. A spokesperson from the company commented on announcement, saying that they wanted Wikimedia Discovery to be one of the most “reliable and trustworthy” ways to find information online. It is unclear when the search engine will be launched. 

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