Pete Forsyth wrote: >Lisa presented some alternative strategies for revenue needs for the >Foundation, including the possibility of charging for premium access to >the services and APIs, expanding major donor and foundation fundraising, >providing specific services for a fee, or limiting the Wikimedia >Foundation's growth. The Board emphasized the importance of keeping free >access to the existing APIs and services, keeping operational growth in >line with the organization's effectiveness, providing room for innovation >in the Foundation's activities, and other potential fundraising >strategies.
This reminds me of the Wikimedia update feed service: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_update_feed_service>. The Wikimedia Foundation basically allowed large search engines to access a private faster and dedicated stream of recent changes to Wikimedia wikis for a fee. While Google isn't mentioned on the Meta-Wiki page, I have a vague memory that they were (and maybe still are) involved. Somewhat related, there is also search.wikimedia.org: <https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Search.wikimedia.org>. This service was designed to give Apple a fast and dedicated stream for title prefix searches. Apple's built-in Dictionary application has been the primary consumer of this feed, though I believe it's open to anyone. MZMcBride _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>