Identify search-based use-cases
The Applications Working Group aims to identify search-based applications for the broader community, either based on or to enrich an open search index. Additionally, the working group focuses on defining application requirements and working on prototype applications. The Applictions working group collaborates closely with all other working group of the Open Search Foundation and reaches out to end-users and other stakeholders.
Identifying the economic value
In exchange with stakeholders from all the OSF working groups, from economy and politics, the working group Economy collects essential questions around operations of the envisaged search index and develops concepts for it. The primary aim is to determine the benefits of an independent open search infrastructure for the EU economy.
Education + Literacy
Raising awareness and building search literacy
Keep your eyes open when searching the Internet! How can we give people big and small the internet search skills they desperately need today? How can we search more ethically and efficiently? And how to protect our data in the process? The expert group is putting the topic of search literacy on the public agenda and on school lesson plans.
Ethical guard rails
Internet search (machines) should serve people, not the other way around. We are convinced that internet search needs ethical boundaries and guidelines in addition to legal-regulatory ones, just like AI. Search engines of the future can become better and more innovative through “ethics from the start”, through values like trustworthiness and transparency. The project “EthicsInSearch” with various research and practical activities is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
Legal Design requirements
A fundamental challenge of the creation of an open web index lies in the establishment of an element of web infrastructure that truly accentuates European (constitutional) values in the best way possible. Furthermore, numerous aspects from sub-constitutional law need to be taken into consideration to prevent a lack of compliance with legal requirements. These range from data protection law to intellectual property rights.
Technology as a building block
The DNA of the Open Search Foundation lies in this technical group, which formed back in May 2018 to conduct initial experiments on distributed crawling. The work is done in a vibrant open source community and in cooperation with data centers and institutions across Europe.