In a show of support for Open Source resources, Lycos has confirmed that it will incorporate Netscape?s Open Directory Project into Lycos.com?s search engines and Hotbot.com.
Netscape's Open Directory Project depends on more than 8,900 volunteer editors to find and categorise sites based on individual's areas of interest and expertise.
The idea behind the project is to provide search results that are more relevant than those turned up by standard search engines. Lycos.com and Hotbot.com are the first high traffic sites to adopt the Open Directory as their primary search engines.
The agreement will open the user edited directory to more than 28.5 million users of the Lycos Network.
? The Open Directory Project embodies the philosophy that brought the Web to prominence in the first place - the ability to harness the knowledge of thousands of people from diverse locations, backgrounds, and interests to find useful information quickly and easily. This resource is an incredible value addition for our users,? explained Ron Sege, executive vice president of Lycos.
Open Source technology is currently found in resources such as the Linux operating system, Apache Web server and Netscape's Communicator browser.
To avoid major inaccuracies, Netscape says that it screens all the contributors to the Open Directory and is open to other experts criticising entries to keep it up to date.
Other portals, however, have recently opted to go down the paid route and earn revenue from listings. AltaVista recently announced it would charge companies for listing entries, claiming that it is a way of smaller companies to gain Web exposure. Yahoo also runs a paid for listing service.
Although Netscape does not take payment for listings in Open Directory, it believes that increased traffic attracted to an extensive entries list will generate more advertising revenue.
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