According to Jimmy Wales blog, Wikia Search has shut on March 31, 2009. Wikia had raised funds from well known personalities and it was being promoted as ‘open source search’. It did not take off 🙁
While the Goverment departments are making some progress on the internet (publishing content, forms, e-filing of taxes) etc they still have a long way to go.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed Web search service that would rival search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Wikia, has acquired Grub.org, a pioneering Web crawler that will enable Wikia’s forthcoming search service to scour the Web to index relevant sites. Grub is a revolutionary distributed computing platform, capable of efficiently crawling the web from a large number of diverse client machines and performing any kind of page-level analysis, using otherwise unused bandwidth and compute cycles.