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.
What we cannot do as individuals, we create together.
By everyone, for everyone
Internet search will belong to all of us and is no longer in the hands of a few Internet giants.
We’ll be able to search and find information on the Internet without our personal data being collected and evaluated.
Free and for the common good
Searching the Internet becomes a free, public resource. It can be used by everyone in different ways.
Neutral and trustworthy
There is a publicly moderated search index. Thus search results are determined neutrally and free from commercial or political influences.
A new diversity emerges
Many different search engines and services will be able to access the search index. We’ll all have a large selection of search engines at our disposal.
Open for the future
An open basis for completely new Internet services will be born – even for business ideas that we cannot even imagine today.