Open Directory Project

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Open Directory Project

A database of websites organized by subject. Originally developed by two Sun engineers in 1998 and called "Gnuhoo," it was soon renamed "NewHoo" and then acquired by Netscape, which renamed it Open Directory Project (ODP). The directory is maintained by volunteer editors, and its URL www.dmoz.org comes from Netscape's Mozilla brand (DirectoryMOZilla). See Mozilla and directory.
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Skrenta and Tolles have worked together on other projects at Sun Microsystems and were both on the founding team of NewHoo which was sold to Netscape.
The Topix founders have worked together since the mid-1990s, developing an on-line directory system called Newhoo, which they sold to Netscape in 1998, when they also became Netscape employees.
The Newhoo product was taken into the Open Source community and is now called Open Directory; its technology is used by a variety of web sites, including Google Directory.
There was much harping in the online discussion forums from the Newhoo volunteers, who saw the company's founders pocket a nice chunk of change by selling the editors' hard work to Netscape.
AltaVista is using Tribal Voice Inc for its instant messaging, as ComputerWire revealed a couple of weeks ago and it is apparently going to use America Online Inc's Netscape Open Directory project, a user-edited directory Netscape got from its November 1998 acquisition of Newhoo.
Aside from the aforementioned search engines, there are subject directories like Yahoo, Magellan, and NewHoo that contain (manually) organized directories of resources.
This database, produced as a volunteer effort, was formerly known as NewHoo an d acquired first by Netscape.
The owners proved their critics' point by selling the hastily renamed NewHoo to Netscape in November 1998 (CI No 3,541) and pocketing the handsome profit.
The channels will be accessible through Netscape's Open Directory - the open source web directory once known as NewHoo.
One consequence of the acquisition of Netscape Communications Corp by America Online Inc has been a certain level of anxiety in the open source community, which Netscape has been wooing for over a year, both by releasing the source code to its browser software and by acquiring the collective portal effort, Newhoo (CI No 3,541).
NewHoo was launched as GNUHoo in June, but controversy over its right to the GNU title, a Free Software Foundation trademark, led to the change of name.