My Personal Search-Engine

Mark A.C.J. Overmeer
AT Computing bv
Nijmegen, The Netherlands


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We have to reconsider whether the current structure of search engines provides us with useful results. A modular approach to constructing spiders will facilitate more development, hopefully resulting in new information retrieval techniques. A layered architecture will improve our access to data on The Net, which is crucial in our information driven society.

Key words: Restructuring search engines. Open search-engine infrastructure.

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  1. Search Engines
  2. Current Strategies
  3. Identifying the problems
  4. Redesigning the Engines
  5. Who Benefits
  6. Phased Implementation
  7. Conclusions
  8. Reference

This paper was published and presented on June 9 1999, at the TERENA-NORDUnet Networking Conference 1999 (TNNC): "The Challenge of Gigabit Networking". With thanks to Duncan Barclay for corrections and improvents.

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Mark Overmeer got his MSc in Informatics from the University of Nijmegen, NL in 1990. Since then, he gained professional experience in maintaining a large variety of UNIX-systems, from tiny to super-computers. In his current occupation, this knowledge is taught to system-developers and -maintainers at AT Computing bv, a leading training institute on UNIX and UNIX-related languages in the Netherlands.

Next to his professional activities in computers, he maintains a very popular Dutch Internet-site since 1995, and actively participates in development of Public Domain software.