More privacy, fewer ads: European universities join hands for alternative search engine | Scientias

Scientias | 20 August 2022

“An alternative to Google, without the annoying ads and while maintaining privacy, it is something we all want but do not think possible. Or is it perhaps possible? European research centers are going to make a joint attempt.”

Article with an interview of Arjen de Vries.

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“European project OpenWebSearch.EU launched: European infrastructure for web search” | Kooperation International

“Over the next three years, more than 75 scientists will be researching the core of a European Open Web Index (OWI) as the basis for a new web search in Europe. The aim of the programme is to push back the dominance of non-European internet corporations, such as Google or Microsoft. The project is funded by the European Commission to the tune of 8.5 million euros as part of the Horizon Europe project.”

Read the full article “Europäisches Projekt OpenWebSearch.EU gestartet: Europäische Infrastruktur für die Websuche” here (German):

“Shaping the web search of the future” | IDW – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

IDW – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft | 28 July 2022

“Shaping the web search of the future: Weimar computer science is part of the large-scale project “OpenWebSearch.EU”.

“Für das Projekt »OpenWebSearch.EU« wird die Webis-Gruppe um Prof. Dr. Benno Stein, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast, Universität Leipzig, und Prof. Matthias Hagen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, mit elf weiteren renommierten europäischen Forschungszentren zusammenarbeiten, um eine offene europäische Infrastruktur für die Websuche zu entwickeln. Das Projekt soll einen Beitrag zur digitalen Souveränität Europas leisten und einen offenen, menschenzentrierten Suchmaschinenmarkt fördern. Finanziert wird das Vorhaben durch »Horizon Europe«, dem Rahmenprogramm für Forschung und Innovation der Europäischen Kommission, mit 8,5 Millionen Euro.”


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“An open web search is the key to a free and diverse society.” Interview with Dr. Martin Potthast | Leipzig University

Interview with Dr. Martin Potthast from University Leipzig on the importance of the research project

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Promoting Europe’s Independence in Web Search: 14 European Research Centers join forces | Media Release

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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