How we work
The protection of data and neutrality of search results are both at risk, when the pursuit of power and profits prevail.
As a result the osf works free of commercial, political, ideological and national interests. This independence is also reflected in the concept of public moderation and in the open source concept that underlies our work.
There are many facets to what we do but one overall vision. The Open Search movement draws its strength from the diversity and voluntary commitment of its initiators and sponsors. Hand in hand, we work closely together in an international network of experts and interested parties, public institutions, research and computer centres as well as private companies.
Committed to the common good
Research, educate, cooperate: As a non-profit organisation, we promote new possibilities for Internet search within Europe. We do not want to create new Internet empires and the goal is not financial gain, but more diversity for everyone. Cooperation – not money – is the driver for the development of a public search infrastructure.
Dr. Stefan Voigt
Geographer, Researcher at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR
Founder and Chairman of the Open Search Foundation
We have set out to shape the next generation of Internet search for the good of the public. We will achieve this goal – not with money as the driving force – but through a willingness to cooperate.
Dr. Frank Hauser
Risk Manager, CISO at the Société Générale
Deputy Chairman Open Search Foundation
We need Open Search; a public and transparent search infrastructure that is independent of commercial interests.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Decker
Professor of Digital Media, Technical University Ingolstadt (THI)
Deputy Chairman Open Search Foundation
“The Internet was meant to be free” – (search) network monopolies threaten this freedom. We want to save it. It’s time for Open Search!
Dr. Eva Bilhuber Galli
Management Consultant, Managing Director human facts ag
…because an open and free Internet search should be a fundamental democratic right in the digital age.
Dr. Anton C. Frank
Senior Science Manager, Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich
“There is still much room for improvement for internet search. We are not lacking ideas, we are lacking data and infrastructures accessible for research and innovation. Therefore, an unbiased search index under democratic control is fundamental.”
Dr. Christian Geminn
Lawyer, Managing Director of the provet research group, University of Kassel
“The digital society needs infrastructures that promote freedom. The benchmark must be European fundamental rights and values, which must be promoted in the best possible way.
Dr. Christine Hungerer
An independent transparent search on the Internet!
Dr. Sven Hungerer
The scientific world needs an open and independent way to search the Internet – without commercialisation. Knowledge is power for all!
Prof. Dr. Nils Jensen
Professor of Computer Science, HAW Ostfalia
An important function of the Internet is access to information. I welcome the initiative to strengthen the retrievability of information.
Dr. Günther Kohlhammer
Geophysicist and space expert, former CDO of the European Space Agency (ESA)
I want to decide without bias; for this I need free access to independent information.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller
Computer scientist, Director Leibniz Computer Centre Garching
The Internet was originally developed as an open communication infrastructure. This openness must be maintained, despite legitimate company interests, especially for important core tasks such as searching the Internet.
Dr. Martin Mittelbach
Head of Administration Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Communication Consultant, Managing Director Plote Kommunikationsberatung
“How do we want to live as a society? For all of us – whether individuals or organizations – it is crucial that we are able to make informed decisions and act with sovereignty. A transparent, diverse and neutral Internet search is the key to digital sovereignty.“
Dr. Wolfgang Sander-Beuermann
Computer Scientist, Founder MetaGer/SUMA e.V.
„If you put little things to little things, but do this more often, the little things will soon become big things.” (Confucius)