Wikia Unveils Additional Open Source 'Magazine' Sites

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New interactive communities focus on ever-broadening set of topics--now including music, cars, gaming and health

Wikia , Inc., the leading provider of community resources for building free content on every topic, today announced the addition of four new communities to its "open source magazine" project. The new user-driven sites, which focus on music, cars, gaming and health, continue Wikia's mission to give people the interactive tools needed to easily collaborate online with others around their favorite topics. Wikia's growing 'magazine rack' also includes user-driven sites on politics, entertainment and hundreds of local communities across the United States.

The new collaborations announced today include:

  •     Tunes.wikia , which focuses on all-things music, including the latest happenings and gossip from the music industry, user-rated songs and albums and a featured artist and band information.
  •     Cars.wikia , which features an extensive glossary of car parts, tools, and terms, current news and issues in the car industry, and information on luxury and classic cars.
  •     Gaming.wikia , which focuses on computer and video games, includes information on games for all types of consoles, as well as tips and tricks for popular video games.
  •     Health.wikia , which features detailed list of hundreds of diseases with information on their definitions, causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention techniques.

"The 'open-source magazines' we're unveiling today are focused largely around topics where passionate people have already started collaborating online," said Dan Lewis, vice president of business development at Wikia. "The launch of Tunes, Cars, Gaming and Health is a continuation of our mission to open-source the creation and development of content around every topic imaginable--so we are obviously not stopping here."

The new communities have a similar look and feel, and allow people to blog, rate content and freely contribute news and information on topics they are passionate about. Users can access the four new communities through a single log-in and password.

About Wikia, Inc.

Since Wikia's launch in November 2004, over 400,000 articles on 2,000 topics have been created and edited by over 100,000 registered users in 55 languages. Last month, Wikia launched added magazine sites focused on Entertainment , Your Local Community , Sports , and Politics .

Wikia enables groups to share information, news, stories, media and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley launched Wikia in 2004 to provide community-based wikis inspired by the model of Wikipedia -- the free, open source encyclopedia founded by Jimmy Wales.

Wikia is committed to openness, inviting anyone to contribute web content. Authors retain their own copyrights and allow others to freely reuse their content under a variety of GNU and Creative Commons Licenses, allowing widespread distribution of knowledge and ideas.

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