#ossym23 – Register now for 5th International Symposium on Open Search

#ossym23: Registration is open

In October 2023, the Open Search community will gather at CERN in Geneva for its autumn meeting. For the fifth time, #ossym will provide a forum to discuss and further develop ideas and concepts of open internet search. Registration for the free event is now open.

Discuss all things Open Web Search and meet the OpenWebSearch.eu partners and community at the interdisciplinary conference on Open Search. Organized by ows.eu project partners Open Search Foundation and CERN, the International Open Search Symposium will again be hosted as a hybrid conference in Geneva from 4 to 6 October 2023.

5th International Open Search Symposium

CERN, Geneva (Switzerland) + online

4 to 6 October 2023



Discuss about all aspects of Open Web Search, such as:

  • Architectures and platforms
  • Societal and ethical challenges and solutions
  • Web Data Analytics and Web Mining
  • Large Language Models, Machine Learning and generative AI
  • Green computing and sustainability
  • Politics and governance
  • Economic dimensions, business models, applications of open search
  • Legal aspects of open search
  • and many more …

Information and Registration

More information is provided on the webpage of the organizer Open Search Foundation: opensearchfoundation.org/ossym23

#ossym23 5th Open Search Symposium 4-6 October 2023 CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

About the Organiser – Open Search Foundation e.V.
The Open Search Foundation e.V. is a European movement to create the foundation for independent, free and self-determined access to information on the Internet. In cooperation with research institutions, computer centres and other partners, we’re committed to searching the web in a way that benefits everyone.
Motto: “Together for a Better Net”. More info on the website: opensearchfoundation.org

Ideas, strategies and demands for policy: Policy Paper on Open Web Search in Europe

The EU project OpenWebSearch.eu has successfully mastered the first phase. In the next steps, it is now important to explore how the Open Web Index (OWI) can be operated as a public infrastructure in the long term. This involves political support, funding models and governance structures.

The most important basic requirements for an Open Web Index are long-term funding, an organisational form that supports the European legal framework and the support of policymakers. Under the leadership of the Open Search Foundation, the OpenWebSearch.eu community has developed ideas and strategies and derived demands for policy from them. The results have been incorporated into a policy paper aimed at political decision-makers. The position paper is now publicly available.

It explains why the European Union needs a digital infrastructure like the Open Web Index and how society will benefit from it. And it lists the steps that policymakers need to take to ensure that such an infrastructure can be built and sustained. Such steps include a funding model supported by public money from the EU and member states and an organisational form that creates the conditions for democratic control.

The OpenWebSearch.eu community calls on the EU Member States and the European Commission to establish a European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) and to provide funding for it in the next multi-annual financial framework. This is an essential step towards an EU programme for a European Open Web Index and Web Analytics in the coming years.

You can download the full policy paper here: