This launch is significant for Wikipedia as it marks the beginning of a real business.
The Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization behind Wikipedia has announced since March that it is working on a paid version.
Wikimedia Enterprise was the name of this initiative. It aimed to make Wikimedia’s vast Wikipedia database more profitable for companies like Amazon and Google that, until now, had been able to use it free of charge to feed their attendees (Siri, Alexa, and Alphabet’s own search engine).
This project was officially launched. It offers improvements in the segmentation and organization of Wikipedia content for these companies, in order to make it more accessible for the algorithms that use it.
This payment method allows for the creation of a readable, choherent JSON schema. It is used to create services such as voice assistants, research studies, and news reports. Information search includes daily updates of the contents.
A Wikipedia team will also filter the content before it is sent to clients in order to prevent any false or unverifiable information being included.
These benefits can be obtained by paying an annual charge, which will vary depending on the method of data delivery.
A third plan is available in which data is delivered in real-time. The exact amount is not known as these costs are subject to direct negotiation with clients based on the volume of information being used.
Important to note that this new service won’t affect private Wikipedia users nor the majority of companies.
It’s actually a Wikipedia service, which is focused on organizations who need to make large or rapid use the information on the site.
Wikipedia’s launch marks a significant milestone. It is the first real business to be established with no dependence on donations.