Google and the Internet Archive are the first customers to gain commercial access to Wikipedia content

Various tech companies large and small have also relied on Wikipedia data to enhance their own products and services.

The Wikimedia Enterprise service has been live for a year, servicing commercial customers on an opt-in basis. However, it hadn’t announced its first customers until now. With Wikimedia Enterprise, customers of any size gain access to the service’s offerings including customer support and Service Level Agreements at prices based on their volume of use, much like any other product aimed at businesses. There’s also a self-serve free trial offering 10,000 on-demand requests and unlimited access to a 30-day Snapshot.

As a result of their deal, Google and Wikimedia said they’re working together to make the content sourcing process more efficient.

“Wikipedia is a unique and valuable resource, created freely for the world by its dedicated volunteer community,” said Tim Palmer, managing director, Search Partnerships at Google. “We have long supported the Wikimedia Foundation in pursuit of our shared goals of expanding knowledge and information access for people everywhere. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Wikimedia Enterprise, further investing in the long-term sustainability of the foundation and the knowledge ecosystem it continues to build.”

Meanwhile, the Internet Archive, which runs the digital archive known as the Wayback Machine, will leverage the commercial service as well to improve its own offerings.

“The Wikimedia Foundation and the Internet Archive are long-term partners in the mission to provide universal and free access to knowledge. By drawing from a real-time feed of newly added links and references in Wikipedia sites — in all its languages, we can now archive more of the web more quickly and reliably,” said Mark Graham, director of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Correction, 6/29/22, 5:36pm et: The Internet Archive will be leveraging the enterprise service but will not be a paying customer, we understand. We’ve updated to correct this.


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