Opportunities from Open Source Search
Wray Buntine, Karl Aberer, Ivana Podnar and Martin Rajman
In: 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI'05), 20-22 Sept 2005, Compiegne, France.
Internet search has a strong business model that permits a free service to
users, so it is difficult to see why, if at all, there should be open
source offerings as well. This paper first discusses open source
search, and a rationale for the computer science community at large to
get involved. Because there is no shortage of core open source
components for at least some of the tasks involved, the Alvis
Consortium is building infrastructure for open source search engines
using peer-to-peer and subject specific technology as its core, based
on this rationale. We view open source search as a rich future
playground in which information extraction and retrieval components
can be used and intelligent agents can operate.