Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Jabber Founder Jeremie Miller Joins Forces with Jimmy Wales to Build Open Search Platform

Miller to spearhead development of a new search platform combining human intelligence with open protocols.

San Mateo, Calif. (PRWEB) May 1, 2007 -- Wikia, Inc. (www.wikia.com) the leading provider of community resources for building and organizing free content on every topic, today announced that Jabber founder Jeremie Miller has joined forces with Wikia founder Jimmy Wales to collaborate on building a new search platform founded on open-source search protocols and human collaboration.

Miller is widely recognized as the inventor of Jabber, an open instant messaging community and the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), which is an open protocol that allows instant messaging platforms to interoperate and users to communicate freely and safely. Building on the same principles, Miller hopes to combine the transparency and power of an open protocol with the efficacy of a user-editable search experience.

The Internet and Web are founded on completely open principles, I’ve championed this philosophy for instant messaging and believe that the awesome power of search should be based on the same fundamental rules,” said Jeremie Miller. “The power of a simple protocol is that it enables networks of resources to collaborate openly, to be constructive instead of competitive. I'm eager to work with Jimmy and empower everyone in the search industry with a transparent collaborative open protocol, from researchers, to developers, vertical search startups, and most importantly, end users.”

The conversation is evolving at Wikia’s search.wikia.com (www.search.wikia.com) community wiki, through which Wikia is funding and supporting the development of something radically new. Together Miller and Wales aim to build a new economy for Internet search that relies on absolute transparency, collaboration, and human intelligence to complement search algorithms.

“Jeremie is a brilliant thinker and a natural fit to help revolutionize the world of search,” said Jimmy Wales, founder and chairman of Wikia. “I believe Internet search is currently broken and the way to fix it is to build a community whose mission is to develop a search platform that is open and totally transparent. This is exactly what we’ve set out to do at search.wikia.com and we’re thrilled to have Jeremie helping evolve this vision.”

For more information or to get involved, please visit: www.search.wikia.com

About Wikia, Inc.
Since Wikia’s launch in November 2004, over 500,000 articles on 2,000 topics have been created and edited by over 100,000 registered users in 66 languages. In addition to working on open-source search, Wikia is currently home to several computer programming-related wikis such as, WikiaPerl at www.perl.wikia.com, the Visual Basic Wiki at www.vb.wikia.com, and the PHP Wiki at www.php.wikia.com.

Wikia enables groups to share information, news, stories, media and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley launched Wikia in 2004 to provide community-based wikis inspired by the model of Wikipedia -- the free, open source encyclopedia founded by Jimmy Wales.

Wikia is committed to openness, inviting anyone to contribute web content. Authors retain their own copyrights and allow others to freely reuse their content under a variety of GNU and Creative Commons Licenses, allowing widespread distribution of knowledge and ideas.


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