WWW2009 EPrints

Towards Distributed Social Search Engines

This item is a Paper in the Developers track.

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We describe a distributed social search engine build upon open-source tools aiming to help the community to {\em take back the Search}. Access to the Web is universal and open, and so the mechanisms to search should be. We envision search as a basic service whose operation is controlled and maintained by the community itself. To that end we present an alpha version of what could become the platform of a distributed search engine fueled by the shared resources and collaboration of the community.

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This website has been set up for WWW2009 by Christopher Gutteridge of the University of Southampton, using our EPrints software.


We (Southampton EPrints Project) intend to preserve the files and HTML pages of this site for many years, however we will turn it into flat files for long term preservation. This means that at some point in the months after the conference the search, metadata-export, JSON interface, OAI etc. will be disabled as we "fossilize" the site. Please plan accordingly. Feel free to ask nicely for us to keep the dynamic site online longer if there's a rally good (or cool) use for it... [this has now happened, this site is now static]