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Three days, six research tracks, 34 presentations, two extra sessions and five keynotes.

… the 3rd International Open Search Symposium #ossym2021 starts on Monday!

Registration is still open for the spontaneous among you (a warm welcome to the new newsletter subscribers!).

Here are a few last-minute tips on the programme and registration.

  • The conference will take place online.
    The conference platform is Zoom, hosted by CERN. Therefore, please register directly with CERN.
  • The conference language is English.
  • Participation is free of charge.
Feel free to forward ;-)

We look forward to seeing you!
The teams of the Open Search Foundation and #ossym2021
Conference website
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Internet search affects us all!

... that's why one of the goals of the Open Search Foundation is to create more awareness of the problems and possible solutions. We are particularly pleased that we were able to win over great keynote speakers who will also provide impulses for the non-tech nerds among us (see below for more information on the scientific programme).

A new addition to the #ossym2021 keynote speakers is Tim Smith from CERN in Geneva. He will explain why science needs Open Search.


Day 1 – 11 October

Tim Smith
Head of Collaboration, Devices and Applications Group, IT Department, CERN

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Professor of Internet Governance Internet Institute Oxford, Author of “Machtmaschinen”, "Framers" oder “Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data”, Member of Germany’s Digital Council

Day 2 – 12 October

Astrid Mager
Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Werner Stengg
Digital expert, member of Cabinet of EU Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager

Day 3 – 13 October

Carla Hustedt
Director “Centre for Digital Society” at Stiftung Mercator

Interdisciplinary research results around Open Search

The heart of the conference is traditionally the Research Tracks, in which scientists report on their current research.

11 October
Federated Web-Crawling
"URL Frontier: an open source API and implementation for crawl frontiers"
"Processing Crawled Data"
"Avoiding Useless Content While Crawling the Web"
"From web graphs to prioritizing web crawls"

12 October
Web Content Analysis
"The Impact of Main Content Extraction on Near-Duplicate Detection"
"FastWARC: Optimizing Large-Scale Web Archive Analytics"
"Creating a Dataset for Keyphrase Extraction in Physics Publications and Patents"
"Understanding Websites"

12 October
Search and Discovery
"A Proposal for Client Based User Profiles for Open Search"
"Indico & Citadel Search: A collaboration case study"
"Neuropil – a distributed, privacy-preserving, search index structure"
"Searching on Heterogenous and Decentralized Data: A Short Review"

13 October
Open Search for Science and Education
"Open Search @ DLR - towards transparent access to web-based information in science"
"Modules for Open Search in Mathematics Teaching"
"Towards Open Domain Literature Based Discovery"

13 October
Cross cutting aspects
"Privacy in Open Search: A Review of Challenges and Solutions"
"The effect of search engine optimization on search results: The SEO Effect project"
"The Development of a Social-Media-Strategy for the Open Search Foundataion Applying the Social-Media-Cycle"

13 October
"Improved Discovery and Access to Research Data in Energy Systems Analysis"
"Requirements for an Open Search Infrastructure from the Perspective of a Vertical Provider"
"Towards Open Search Applications for the Broader Community"
"Conceptual considerations for comprehensive and cooperative crawling and indexing the Web"

Conference website
Register for #ossym at CERN

The world needs new search engines!

That is why it is so important that new players venture into the market. Three search engine newcomers will show how different the approaches can be in the session "Alternative Search Approaches" on 12 October at 1.30 pm:

  • Dr. Leif-Nissen Lundbæk (CEO and Co-Founder Xayn) and Prof. Dr. Michael Huth (Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder Xayn, Imperial College London)
  • Rémi Berson (Software Engineer at Brave Search, Expert for Privacy Technologies)
  • Sridhar Ramaswamy (CEO and Co-Founder Neeva, former Google executive in charge of Ads)
Register here (CERN)

What does ethics have to do with internet search?

What ethical price do we currently pay for being able to search the internet quickly and conveniently? Why do we need a values-based internet search? Which ethical values are important and how can we anchor them in internet search? These questions are addressed not only by the project #ethicsinsearch – Ethics of Internet Search of the Open Search Foundation, funded by Stiftung Mercator, but also by the session "Ethics in Search" at #ossym2021.

On 13 October, we will start in the morning with the keynote by Carla Hustedt (Head of the "Digitised Society" department at Stiftung Mercator).
Afterwards, Pernille Tranberg, author and expert on data ethics, will explain why we as individuals are also quite responsible for creating a data democracy in which neither the state nor big tech control our lives via data - and what we can do to achieve this.
Nelly Clausen and Dr Mirko Tobias Schäfer from Utrecht University/Utrecht Data School present the Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA) and show how ethical decisions can be anchored step by step in data projects.
Christine Plote from the Open Search Foundation, co-leader of the #ethicsinsearch project, will show why internet search needs ethical guard rails before the discussion (moderated by Anton Frank, TU-Munich and co-leader of #ethicsinsearch) begins.

Register at CERN


"The Social Dilemma" freely available until the end of the month

The award-winning documentary "The Social Dilemma" is freely available on YouTube (yes, YouTube ... :-() until the end of the month.

The mix of documentary and fiction sheds light on the background, the sophisticated mechanisms and psychological tricks that social media use to keep us glued to our screens for as long as possible.
Many ex-managers of social media platforms and internet thought leaders have their say, including Tristan Harris (former ethicist at Google), Shoshana Zuboff (professor emerita at Harvard Business School and author), Jaron Lanier (contentious internet philosopher and author) and Cathy O'Neil (data scientist and author of "Weapons of Math Destruction").

The film itself is not entirely free of the mechanisms it criticises. Nevertheless, very much worth seeing!

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