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Open or Closed? Jimmy Wales Discusses the Future of Search


Here’s an interesting video from last week’s O’Reilly Open Source Convention.

It’s Wikipedia and Wikia co-founder Jimmy Wales talking about the future of the search engine. Wales’ newest project is Search Wikia, a project that aims to use open-source software and development methods to build a search product that improves upon the current offerings from players big and small.

Wikia recently purchased the Grub web crawling engine, which it plans to release under an open-source license. But Search Wikia is definitely a long-term project. In a recent post to the project’s mailing list, Wales urged patience during the engine’s development cycle.

"Hopefully we will have the first stab of something that sucks up by the end of the year," he said. "And then we will start to revise, reconsider, rethink, delete, add, edit, change, until we start making something better and better over time. Will it take 2 years? 5 years? I dunno. It will take however long it takes. But it will be fun."