Wikia Search (alpha) is here! Wikia’s working on an open-source search engine. Search and search results have such power to drive internet traffic that I can get behind Wikia’s statement: “I believe that search is a fundamental part of the infrastructure of the Internet, and that it can and should therefore be done in an open, objective, accountable way.” (from the About Us page) It’ll take a while for the user-contributed parts of the database to get built up, but I’ve already started doing my part. I wrote a mini article about ICLS 2008 because that was the first thing for which I searched. I know what ICLS is but didn’t have it bookmarked, so it seemed like a logical thing for which I could write a mini article. I’ll be interested to see what happens with Wikia search, and I’m glad there’s now an open alternative.
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