17 Facts About DMOZ


DMOZ used a hierarchical ontology scheme for organizing site listings.

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DMOZ was founded in the United States as Gnuhoo by Rich Skrenta and Bob Truel in 1998 while they were both working as engineers for Sun Microsystems.

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In January 2006, DMOZ began publishing online reports to inform the public about the development of the project.

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DMOZ's editing model directly inspired at least three other open content volunteer projects: music site MusicMoz, an open content restaurant directory known as ChefMoz and an encyclopedia known as Open Site.

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Finally, according to Larry Sanger, DMOZ was part of the inspiration for the Nupedia project, out of which Wikipedia grew.

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DMOZ data was previously made available under the terms of the Open Directory License, which required a specific DMOZ attribution table on every Web page that uses the data.

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In 2011, DMOZ silently changed its license to a Creative Commons Attribution license, which is a free license .

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DMOZ data is made available through an RDF-like dump that is published on a download server, older versions are archived there.

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DMOZ has its own internal forums, the contents of which are intended only for editors to communicate with each other primarily about editing topics.

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All DMOZ editors are expected to abide by DMOZ's Editing Guidelines.

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DMOZ Guidelines are periodically revised after discussion in editor forums.

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In 2003, DMOZ introduced a new Public Abuse Report System that allows members of the general public to report and track allegations of abusive editor conduct using an online form.

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Uninhibited discussion of DMOZ's purported shortcomings has become more common on mainstream webmaster discussion forums.

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DMOZ started working for AOL in 1999 as senior editor for AOL Search, then as managing editor, AOL Search, DMOZ, and then as media ecosystem manager, AOL Product Marketing.

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Senior DMOZ editors have the ability to attach "warning" or "do not list" notes to individual domains but no editor has the unilateral ability to block certain sites from being listed.

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Chef Moz, an offshoot of DMOZ, was an open content directory of World Wide Web links of restaurants.

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Chef Moz, similar to its parent DMOZ, used a hierarchical ontology scheme for organizing site listings.

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