Was searching for something very very desperately. And, quite unusually,
Google kept throwing the towel in. (Well, I wasn't searching for something
trivial. I was searching for content on how Google does its dance).
Then suddenly I realized that for all the goodwill that Google seems to have
garnered, it is not open, and hence, by default, suspect.
Searched (using Google, talk about irony!) for an open source search engine,
a community-developed effort where we know what we are searching AS WELL AS
how we are searching.
The only risk/disadvantage would be the computing power and the
storage-space needed to host this decidedly non-decentralizable behemoth.
Found this though:-
Ideas for an Open Search Engine Index
If you're interested in the idea of a community-built search engine, you may
want to wander over and investigate the offerings at Open Index (
http://www.openindex.org/ ). This site is not a specific project for
building an open search engine index, but more a gathering place for ideas
and pointers to various information.
At the moment this site offers discussion forums (not very active), an
overview of the Internet and indexes (how about sourcing some of these page
estimates?) thoughts about defining and designing an ideal index, and some
links. As I said, there isn't much here yet. But I hope this site stirs up
some interest in the search community and maybe some responses from its