Google Co-Op: The End of Wikipedia?

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2006 at 11:11 am

Did Google get the idea of using [subject matter] experts to structure [and give meaning to] information for improved findability from the Wikipedia 3.0 article? or as a pure and natural evolution of their thinking? or both?

In case you’re taking it literally, both the question and the title of the post are purely rhetorical at this point, now that Google seems to be on its way to adopting (or co-opting) the Web 3.0 vision.

Here is an excerpt from the newly announced Google Co-Op experiment:

Google Co-op gives you a way to improve search in the topics you know best. If you’re a doctor, for instance, with specific expertise in a particular disease, you can contribute by using the labels in the health topic to annotate all the webpages that you know provide useful, reliable information about that disease. Your patients and other Google users could then subscribe to you and benefit from your expertise.

You can participate in a number of topics that are already being worked on, such as health, destination guides, autos, computer & video games, photo & video equipment, and stereo & home theater. Or, if you’re passionate about something entirely different, go ahead and start a topic of your own. In this guide, we will walk you through an example of how to label webpages for an existing topic as well as how to create a topic of your own.

Google Co-Op has the potential in the future to follow the vision articulated in the Wikipedia 3.0 article as Google adds Web 3.0 capabilities to its search engine.


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  1. That would be sad. I believe Wikipedia are doing this “encyclopedia” as a free service (and the first ones to be doing it too), and now Google wants to start their own Wikipedia? Pffft. For the first time ever, I’m disappointed in Google.

  2. You totally lost the point of this article greenlightsabers.

  3. Well it appears to me that some folks are indeed taking this web3.0 phenomenon pretty seriously. Now that Google has taken an important step watch how the others follow. Havent had a chance to explore Google CoOps but i think its got immense potential

  4. I don’t believe that this will really impact Wikipedia, they seem quite orthogonal to me.

    Wikipedia is trying to create new content whilst Google is trying to annotate existing pages with semantic information – you could argue that they are quite complementary.


  5. I disagree regarding your observation. Google Co-Op and future versions of Wikipedia have a large degree of alignment.
    The description of Google-Co-Op from the post talks about creating new domains.
    The point of this post, is to share my belief that Google is moving to adopt the Web 3.0 vision.

  6. Which doctor would bother writing XML files for google co-op?

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