Google will now pay Wikipedia for using Wiki articles and excerpts in search

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Wikimedia has announced that Google and the non-profit digital library Internet Archive are its first customers for Wikimedia Enterprise.

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STRONG POINTS

  • Google has agreed to pay the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group behind Wikipedia.
  • Google became Wikipedia’s first client.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation recently launched Wikimedia Enterprise as an opt-in product.

Google has agreed to pay the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group behind Wikipedia, for the use of its content on its search engine. Wikimedia has announced that Google and the non-profit digital library Internet Archive are its first customers for Wikimedia Enterprise. Notably, Google has become Wikipedia’s first client. The Wikimedia Foundation recently launched Wikimedia Enterprise as an opt-in product. The company will offer a free trial account to new users who can register themselves to better assess their needs with the product.

“Wikimedia Enterprise is designed to meet a variety of content reuse and sourcing needs, and our first two customers are a key example. Google and the Internet Archive leverage Wikimedia content in very distinct ways, whether to help power a portion of knowledge panel results or to preserve citations on Wikipedia,” said Lane Becker, senior director of earned revenue at the Wikimedia Foundation, in a blog post.

Wikimedia said organizations and businesses of all sizes can access Wikimedia Enterprise offerings with dedicated customer support and service-level agreements, at a price that varies depending on their usage volume. Businesses that want to take advantage of Wikimedia Enterprise services can now sign up on the website for a free trial account that offers 10,000 on-demand requests and unlimited access to a 30-day snapshot.

Launched last year, Wikimedia Enterprise is an opt-in commercial product of the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation. However, Wikimedia projects, including the suite of publicly available datasets, tools, and APIs offered by the Wikimedia Foundation, will continue to be freely available to all users.

Google uses Wikimedia’s source content, adding bulk to its search content. Google s0urces data from Wikipedia which is displayed in its knowledge panel. Tim Palmer, managing director, Search Partnerships at Google, believes the new partnership with Wikimedia will help make the content search process more efficient.

“Wikipedia is a unique and valuable resource, created freely for the world by its community of dedicated volunteers. We have a long history of supporting the Wikimedia Foundation in pursuing our common goals of expanding access to knowledge and information for people around the world. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Wikimedia Enterprise, investing further in the long-term sustainability of the foundation and the knowledge ecosystem it continues to build. he said.

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