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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The Open Directory Project, an effort spearheaded by Netscape and now a part of America Online, lists 184 such sites at http:/www.dmoz.com/Computers/Internet/WWW/Best_of_the_Web, including 93 sites that offer award designations and 32 sites that review other sites.
Open Directory Project References on KM (sites identified and evaluated before posting), http://dmoz.org/ reference/knowledge_management/.
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.
I extended the comparison searches to other specialized Web sites that might be expected to surpass Google for environmental information, including EnviroLink, Open Directory Project, and USA.gov.
Would you like to limit your search to the appropriate category within the Open Directory Project? Would it be useful to just start with a few good Web-liographies compiled by nonprofit organizations?

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