Yahoo Donates Resources to Wikipedia

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-04-07 Print this article Print

Yahoo is providing equipment and hosting to the online encyclopedia project, while also incorporating Wikipedia content into its search engine.

Yahoo offered both financial and technical backing Thursday to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia written and maintained by volunteers. Yahoo Inc. is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and resources to the nonprofit group behind Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, a Yahoo representative said.
Yahoo Search also is integrating Wikipedia content directly into its Web search results.
Over the next several weeks, Yahoo will roll out search shortcuts that display excerpts from Wikipedia content above regular Web results. The shortcuts are already available on Yahoo Searchs French site, according to the Yahoo Search Weblog. Yahoos sites for the United States, some European countries, Asia and Latin America also will add the Wikipedia shortcuts. Yahoos financial donation and search-engine support represents the most significant contribution made to Wikimedia since launching Wikipedia in 2001, the organizations announced. Yahoos support of Wikipedia follows the disclosure in February that Google was offering to supply servers and bandwidth to project. Neither Google nor Wikimedia have formally announced any specific donation. Read more here about Googles offer to host Wikipedia. As part of its donation, Yahoo is offering servers, hosting and bandwidth, which will help Wikipedia expand globally, wrote Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales on Yahoos blog. "Yahoos generous donation to our cause … will have a huge impact on our ability to get our message of sharing knowledge out to the world," Wales wrote. "Yahoos donation is purely charitable in nature with no requirements for us to show advertising, and no ownership or control of our work by Yahoo of any kind." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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