Yahoo! to add Wiki power under new agreement

Yahoo! has announced it will help support the Wikipedia project, providing the open source encyclopaedia initiative with servers and bandwidth. In return, presumably, it will be on the inside track to index and search the Wikipedia content.

The user contributed online encyclopaedia consists of 195 language editions and contains approximately 1.5 million articles. It is a wiki website in that it can be edited directly by visitors.

Yahoo!’s support, will help Wikipedia expand its Asian entries reports Reuters. The backing will amount to ‘several hundred thousand dollars’, it quotes Yahoo’s VP of search content, David Mandelbrot.

According to the news agency, the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, Jimmy Wales, had also been talking to Google about possible support. Of course the major search engines are currently competing hard over possible new services, and access to the encyclopaedic content has obviously attracted Yahoo! in the search for a new edge.

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