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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    A search engine for Europe?

    Open Access News draws attention to a report in InfoWorld Nederland suggesting that in France they are working on a European search engine to rival Google. The news was leaked by President Jacques Chirac, and speculation caused the company - Thompson - behind "Quaero" to put a blackout on news and close their project website. It is unclear whether Chirac's remarks:
    "We must take up the challenge posed by the American giants Google and Yahoo," Chirac said, discussing the importance of technology to Europe's economy. "For that, we will launch a European search engine, Quaero."
    are, in fact, accurate. Commentators have suggested that Quaero may not to be a single product; a project to develop "search and content management technologies for end users, media companies and service providers" may be a more accurate description. But watch that space for a French Search Engine!

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