Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Wikiasari - the search engine

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is preparing to launch a search engine. The Times of London reports that the new search engine will be called Wikiasari, combining the Hawaiian word "wiki" which means quick with the Japanese "asari," which means rummaging search.

Wales is basing Wikiasari (which Techcrunch reports had initially been billed as Wikisearch) as an improvement upon the traditional search engine method. Sites like Google rely on computer-based algorithms to determine which search results are most relevant to your query. Wikipedia is based on a million trained monkeys (that'd be you) constantly updating an online encyclopedia. Why not apply that method to search results?

The search engine will be open source, and the index will be available under a GFDL.

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