Wikilive: An Instant Wikipedia Search Created By BITS Pilani Student


Deepanshu Mehndiratta, a second year engineering student at BITS-Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus, has reportedly created a instant Wikipedia search called ‘Wikilive‘, writes I See India. The website interface is simple and minimalistic (I tried it on a Macbook Air). You can type in a search query and it offers all relevant Wikipedia search results along with a preview of Wikipedia article itself in realtime, which is pretty good.

For instance, if you type in ‘Nokia’, you would get related search results such as ‘Nokia’, ‘Nokia Siemens’, ‘Nokia N900′ at the top, followed by the whole Nokia Wikipedia article in an Ajax-based Window. You can then click on any other search results on the top bar like ‘Nokia N900′ to switch to the Wikipedia article pertaining to Nokia N900 in the same window. The report states that this service uses Wikipedia’s APIs, Ajax, jQuery libraries and Javascript at the backend.

The emergence of Google Instant, a Google service launched last year which delivers search results as users start typing their query, seems to have inspired many student developers to create similar projects for other services. Last September, we had seen a Stanford student Feross Aboukhadijeh create a real-time search engine for YouTube, called ‘Youtube Instant‘, which reportedly recorded one million vistors in ten days and YouTube CEO Chad Hurley offering him a job.

Wikilive is certainly a refreshing approach for searching through Wikipedia archives, which becomes quite cumbersome and time-consuming process if you are a researcher or have a job like mine, where we have to browse through hundreds of Wikipedia articles every week. There is a caveat in the website though – it currently supports only Wikipedia (English).We wish that Wikimedia Foundation notices this project and incorporate this feature across all its properties like WiktionaryWikiquote and Wikimedia Commons for quicker access of information, thereby saving users time.

It would also be brilliant if we get this or a similar functionality either as a browser extension or enabled in the browser search box itself, since I personally use only the browser’s search box (in my case Omnibox in Google Chrome) for almost all my searches and I honestly don’t remember when was the last time I visited Google.com or Bing.com to search for anything.

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  • Aniket Pant

    Pretty nice :)

    But http://wikinstant.com/ is already there!
    Why should I use this?

    • Abhishek Srivastava

      Because wikilive.in is more userfriendly and result oriented :)

  • Tarin

    Wiki instant is sure instant but NOT live. Like Vikas gave the example above, try typing Nokia on Wiki Instant and Wikilive and compare the results. The former shows only 1 result at a time whereas Wikilive shows all results containing “Nokia” and on the same page, thus saving your time and making sure you don’t miss out on any page. Superb thing for any Wiki addict! :)

    • Gajanan Arha

      Mac Ghodey =) Agar bacjey nay acha kaam kiya hai to why Jali

  • http://about.me/deepakkgupta Deepak Gupta

    Pretty neat stuff! And I agree this must be part of all Wikimedia properties. But for that to happen we all will have to listen to Jimmy Wales personal appeal and donate to Wikimedia Foundation.

    **goes back and rereads Jimmy Wales’ email**

  • Brnatarajan

    congrats Deepanshu

  • Shubham Jain

    Awesome work man !! I m a wiki addict and certainly this is a great help for me..:)

  • Akshay Vikas

    Great stuff :)
    Although the story does appear to fabricated. Badly.

  • AB

    http://www.theinstantwiki.com/^
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    Its the same thing plus the multiple suggestions….Still, awesome job, plus the site looks good :)

  • Rana

    Good work Deepanshu

  • http://www.unseenrevolution.com/jquery-ajax-error-handling-function/ Unseen Revolution

    Very cool. It is a great implementation of technology. Very useful. Thanks.