Greetings from DC.
In the past couple of days I've posted two articles about open source
search projects on my ResourceShelf.com site.
1) Web Search--Nutch
Source: ACM Queue
Building Nutch: A Case Study
This article from the April of ACM Queue was written by Mike Cafarella and
Doug Cutting from the open source search engine Nutch. From the article,
"...we started the Nutch software project, an open source search engine
free for anyone to download, modify, and run, either as an internal
intranet search engine or as a public Web search service. As you may have
just read in Anna Patterson's "Why Writing Your Own Search Engine Is
Hard", writing a search engine is not easy. As such, our article focuses
on Nutch's technical challenges, but of course we hope Nutch will offer
improvements in both the technical and social spheres. By enabling more
people to run search engines, and by making the code open, we hope search
algorithms will become as transparent as their importance demands."
Links to the Nutch article and other search articles from ACM Queue are
2) Information Retrieval
New, ALVIS: Open Source Semantic Web Search Project from European
A recently released open source, semantic web project from several research
organizations based in Europe. Not much on the web site but here's what I
was able to piece together.
+ From the web site, "The new economy is based on innovation, and
innovation is based on up-to-date information. The semi-static Internet
alone has in the order of 1000 million pages of information, and search
has become a fundamental service required both by individual citizens and
+ From the web site, "The project will conduct research in the design, use
and interoperability of topic-specific search engines with the goal of
developing an open source prototype of a distributed, semantic-based
search engine. Existing search engines provide poor foundation for
semantic web operations, and US companies such as Google are becoming
monopolies, distorting the entire information landscape."
More info and links at:
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting
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