Wikimedia's human-powered online encyclopedia (also known as Wikipedia) has saved a lot of us from hopelessly wondering what the answers are to certain questions that often come up in life. Next week, Wikimedia plans to officially launch its brand new wiki-based travel site -- Wikivoyage. (Travel competitors, beware.)
According to Skift, which has the full scoop on the Wikivoyage launch, Wikimedia has been involved in a legal battle since last September against Internet Brands, which is the parent company of rival travel site, Wikitravel. Internet Brands sued a couple of its contributors for copying Creative Commons licensed content from Wikitravel and promoting it elsewhere on the web. Wikimedia then filed a lawsuit against Internet Brands for trying to prevent Wikimedia from publishing any copied content created under the Creative Commons license.
Despite all the messy legal stuff, Wikimedia went ahead with the continued development of its new Wikivoyage site and will publicly launch it on January 15th. The site will serve as a "complete travel guide" with recommendations for locations, lodging, restaurants, recreation and lots more.
You can check out the site in its beta form right now at Wikivoyage.org.
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