may host encyclopedia project
could soon be hosted on Google's servers, as the search
giant looks for ways of supporting the Wikimedia Foundation
Media Foundation, the group behind the Wikipedia online
encyclopedia project, said Friday that search giant
Google has volunteered to host some of its content on
notice posted to the nonprofit organization's Web site,
the group, also known as Wikimedia, said its board of
directors is currently considering the terms of Google's
offer and plans to meet with the search company sometime
was quick to point out that any relationship established
with Google would not require it to begin advertising
on its Web site.
representatives refused to confirm a deal with Wikimedia
but indicated that the company plans continued support
for the effort and its various projects.
we don't have anything specific to announce today, Google
and the Wikimedia Foundation are collaboratively evaluating
creative ways to support Wikipedia.org and its community,"
a Google spokesman said.
is an online encyclopedia project written and edited
by thousands of volunteers. The effort is built around
Wiki technology--Web pages designed to let people edit
and contribute to projects on a common interface.
also has announced plans to launch a news service known
tentatively as Wikinews that will offer people the chance
to create, edit and share their own news sites.