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Google planning a Wikipedia Killer codenamed Knol

Google (opens in new tab) will launch what looks to be a formidable Wikipedia rival. Knol was announced yesterday night by Udi Manber, VP Engineering at Google.

Knol is another Google attempts to convert the wealth of data available on the internet into readable and easily accessible information.

Google is banking on its users to collaborate, share their knowledge and create a giant database like Wikipedia.

Knol, which represents a unit of knowledge, aims at encouraging "people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it.", with particular highlight on the author's.

It is interesting to note that it is the second attempt by Google to foster the creation of new content.

Google Answers, where people could ask questions and pay for the answers, was shut after poor performance and Yahoo Answers wrecked its chances of becoming the market leader.

The content on Knol (opens in new tab) will be free to use and copy and will be released under the Creative Content license 3.0.

The first image of Knol looks very promising, far cleaner than Wikipedia.

The search giant either buys companies with great potential (Youtube or Dejanews) or comes up with solutions to compete with established and larger challenger.

It is interesting to see how Wikipedia will react to the threat of Google encroaching on its turf.

Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia has expressed a keen interest in challenging with a project called WikiAsari (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.