Perspektiven eines Open Web Index

Lewandowski, D. (2016). Perspektiven eines Open Web Index. Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis, 67(1), 15–21.

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The European search engine market has been dominated by one single search engine, namely Google, for many years. Most commentators agree that this situation is undesirable, and a discussion has started on ways to solve this problem. This article discusses different approaches, and then focuses on the idea of building an Open Web Index (OWI). This index should be provided in the form of a public infrastructure. The core idea here is to unlink the data underlying a search engine (the index) and the (search) services themselves. Many such services could be built on the basis of one index. Therefore, an Open Web Index would provide the basis for diversity on the search engine market.