Could Wikia be used for chemistry?

This may be miles offbeam, but the following from Peter Suber’s blog caught my eye: Wikia launches

Today Jimmy Wales launched an alpha version of Wikia, the search engine to be built openly and wiki-like by users.  From the about page:

Wikia is working to develop and popularize a freely licensed (open source) search engine. What you see here is our first alpha release.
We are aware that the quality of the search results is low..
Wikia’s search engine concept is that of trusted user feedback from a community of users acting together in an open, transparent, public way. Of course, before we start, we have no user feedback data. So the results are pretty bad. But we expect them to improve rapidly in coming weeks, so please bookmark the site and return often.
Right now, the most important thing you can do is help with the “miniarticles” that appear at the top of popular search terms. These will vary in purpose according to the circumstance, but the primary uses will be:

  • Short definitions
  • Disambiguations
  • Photos
  • See also

At the bottom of every page is a linke to “Post bug reports here”… please use that link liberally to give us large amounts of feedback.
I believe that search is a fundamental part of the infrastructure of the Internet, and that it can and should therefore be done in an open, objective, accountable way. This site, which we have been working on for a long time now, represents the first draft of the future of search….

PS:  I believe the Wikia project was first announced in December 2006.

PMR: I haven’t looked at the page so this may be rubbish. But if we have a web search engine we can customise can’t we adapt it to do InChI properly. It would read pages, scan for chemical names and then specifically index them.
I’ll go and have a look.

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One Response to Could Wikia be used for chemistry?

  1. Yeah, was thinking the same thing. Make it aware of SMILES, InChI, -Key, RDFa-4-chemistry, etc…
    Mmm… have you located the source code? Do I really need to make an account for that?

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