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With Wikivoyage, Wikipedia makes foray into world of travel guides

Wikivoyage, a crowd-sourced travel site, is expected to officially launch on Jan. 15. 

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Wikimedia, the San Francisco non-profit behind Wikipedia, will officially launch a crowd-sourced travel site later this month. 

Wikivoyage, which has been in beta for a couple months now, will operate under the motto "the traveller comes first" – the idea being, the organizers of the site write, "that all our work should be guided towards serving the travellers who are our readers."

Travel-news hub Skift reports that the whole operation should go live by Jan. 15, although it may take a bit of time before Wikivoyage develops a comprehensive database of listings and reviews. 

The site is currently a relatively bare-bones affair, with a substantial number of pages, from the Turks and Caicos Islands to Krasnoyarsk Krai, in Siberia, and a lot of blanks in the "itineraries" and "phrasebooks."

Of course, Wikipedia started slow, too, and is currently comprised of well over 4 million English-language articles. 


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