9 February 2024 | OpenWebSearch.EU – a consortium of 14 research partners – is once again calling for third-party project proposals to help building an open and independent Web Index (OWI) based on European values. Researchers, innovators and data centres are invited to submit their ideas until 4th April . Successful candidates can request funding between 50,000 and 150,000 EUR.
Six third-party partners have joined the EU funded project OpenWebSearch.EU, introducing new technical, legal and economic research topics in support of a European Open Web Index.
#ossym23: Call for papers is open until 31st May
In October 2023, the Open Search community will gather at CERN in Geneva for its autumn meeting. Papers on research and best practice projects can be submitted until the end of May 2023. For the fifth time, #ossym will provide a forum to discuss and further develop ideas and concepts of open internet search.
The call for papers is aimed at a wide range of experts – invited are, among others, researchers and speakers from research and informatics, data centres, libraries, technology companies, politics, education as well as legal, ethical and societal thought leaders.
Third-party call – an invitation to advance R&D for a new Internet Search in Europe
OpenWebSearch.EU – a consortium of 14 research partners – is open for third-party proposals to help building an Open and independent Web-Index based on European values (OWI). The first call addresses business and research partners to submit their applications in two tracks from March 1st until April 28th, 2023.
OpenWebSearch.EU has kicked-off with a consortium meeting in Berlin. 46 participants got together in a hybrid meeting format to exchange ideas and make plans for the successful execution of the project. The meeting was hosted by DLR-PT in a new building in Berlin-Südkreuz.
The opening session was kicked off by greetings from Dieter Kranzmüller (BADW-LRZ), Uwe Heitmann from DLR-PT, and Jorge Gasos and Stergios Tsiafoulis from DG CONNETC. The warm welcome of the guests gave an energetic basis for the following interactive gathering.
“The kick-off with its interactive sessions are of great value for project progress. The in-person meeting format was a big help for knowledge exchange, requirement gathering, and expectation sharing. It was great to see all participants working so very motivated and actively contributing to lively discussions and break-out sessions” says Dr. Megi Sharikadze, Lead of the LRZ Research Coordination and Support Team.
For the OpenWebSearch.EU project, 14 renowned European research and computer centers have joined forces to develop an open European infrastructure for web search. The project will be contributing to Europe’s digital sovereignty as well as promoting an open human-centered search engine market. The European Commission has now approved the project’s Horizon Europe funding of 8,5 million euros.
„Free, open and unbiased access to information – we have lost these core principles in web search and urgently need to restore them. This is why we will create an open European infrastructure for internet search, based on European values and jurisdiction.” says Michael Granitzer of University Passau and Open Search Foundation, project coordinator of OpenWebSearch.EU.
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The project OpenWebSearch.EU has received funding from the European Union's Horizon research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101070014.