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Wikimedia Foundation to Launch New Wikivoyage Travel Site Next Week

By January 10, 2013

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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.

Photo Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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January 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(1) Arcimboldini says:

Let’s keep in mind that wikivoyager is hardly a new site. It’s just a page-for-page copy of Wikitravel.org, which has been online for 10 years and has 80,000 pages in English and 20 other foreign language versions. Presenting this as “new” may be what wikimedia wants, but it’s hardly the truth. Please do research. Wikitravel.org reports over 250,000 visitors per day and nearly 100,000 registered users. Same content, a lot more contributors. Which site do you think is going to be more up to date?

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