What you need to know
- The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the Wikipedia project, has created a new enterprise product.
- The product is aimed at companies who use its data to provide information.
- It will offer real-time updates and customer service for its enterprise users.
Apple, Google, and everyone else may have to start paying for all of that information they've been enjoying for free from Wikipedia.
As reported by Wired, the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that manages the website, announced a new product called Wikimedia Enterprise. The new product enables the organization to sell the information from the website to companies who wish to use that information.
Lane Becker, a senior director at the Wikimedia Foundation who has been working on the new product, says that this will be the first time that the project has asked for payment from companies that have used the information gathered on the website.
Wikipedia currently does a data dump of its website every two weeks, but the enterprise version will offer real-time updates, guaranteed data delivery speeds, and a customer service team to support enterprise users.
Wikipedia has long been a go-to source of information for search engines like Google as well as voice assistants like Siri. The report says that agreements between the Wikimedia Foundation and its new enterprise customers could be reached as soon as June.
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