Google agrees to pay for Wikipedia search content: Similar to the US tech giant’s agreements with news organizations in Europe, Google agrees to pay for Wikipedia search content.
The nonprofit that runs the online encyclopedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, said that Google was the first paying client of Wikimedia enterprise, a business endeavour it founded last year.
The commercial services will be provided to The Internet Archive, a non-profit that manages a website called the Wayback Machine that archives screenshots of webpages and is used to correct Wikipedia links.
Wikimedia’s Lane Becker said on Tuesday, “We’re happy to be working with them both as our longstanding partners.”
One of the most popular websites on the planet, Wikipedia, is maintained by volunteers and supported by contributions. It is free to access.
According to the foundation, the new commercial arm won’t alter this arrangement for particular consumers.
The “knowledge panel,” a sidebar that appears alongside the primary search results, incorporates content from the website.
The fact that the information’s source isn’t always shown has led to objections from Wikimedia.
Google has previously made grants and gifts to Wikipedia.
According to Google’s Tim Palmer, “We have long supported the Wikimedia Foundation in its efforts to further our mutual objectives of increasing knowledge and information access for everyone.”
The amount of the Google deal was not disclosed in the foundation’s announcement.
By agreeing on a structure for the US company to pay news outlets for material, French authorities and Google on Tuesday ended their animosity that had lasted years.
Google claimed to have agreements with hundreds of news organizations in Europe, including Agence France-Presse.