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    About DMOZ
    Since 1998, DMOZ has been the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. Supported by AOL, it is constructed and maintained by a passionate, global community of volunteer editors.
    Apr 4th 2014 1:55PM
    Regional is a special place in DMOZ. Unlike the rest of the directory, where sites are primarily organized by their topics, in Regional sites are primarily organized by location. Every language in DMOZ has a Regional branch, and almost all have dedicated editors, endeavoring to keep their little (or big!) corner of the directory in tip-top shape.

    Every website that has regional relevance and meets our site selection criteria can be listed in Regional, and purely local businesses are only found in Regional – so it's an important part of the directory, and one we are proud of. But we must admit: it's not always so easy to find specific types of sites in a particular area. Because of the hierarchical structure of the directory, and the editorial guidelines for site placement, you have to search around a bit to locate, say, all sites for bowling alleys in your area. They are likely to be listed in different localities, and depending on how many sites are listed in that locality, they may be listed at various levels in the topical hierarchy for the locality.

    Recent improvements in our data infrastructure have allowed us to come up with a new way to present the data in our regional categories. We call this new presentation Regional Trees, and have rolled it out in a few corners of our Regional branches, to see how it works out. Take a look at a few examples:
    Libraries in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area
    Hostels in Nova Scotia
    Outdoor activities in Cyprus
    Automotive businesses in Liechtenstein
    Schools in Bursa (Turkey)
    In all cases, the tree view shows results from all around the region, no matter whether the site is listed at locality level, county/district level, or state/province level. And even though few localities in Nova Scotia have a subcategory dedicated to hostels, you can find the hostels all in one place because editors have assigned detailed topics to the listings, beyond the depth of the category structure.

    Creating a tree view for a regional structure does take extra work on the part of our editors, who must go through our existing listings and assign a specific topic to each one. So we're trying it out on a small scale first. Visit our Regional Trees category for an up-to-date list of the regional areas that are already participating.

    When you visit a category that's part of a Regional Tree, you'll see theicon to the right of the category path. Click the icon to take you to the tree view. Navigate around to more or less specific topics, and up and down the regional hierarchy. When you want to return to the traditional category view, just click theicon to take you right back.

    We hope you find our new feature useful! If you'd like to contribute to a Regional Tree in your own neck of the woods, apply to become an editor! Soon, you could be adding and organizing sites in your favorite area, and helping your neighbors find the sites of deserving local organizations and businesses.
    Mar 31st 2014 6:04PM
    Open Directory Project, DMOZ, and Directory Mozilla are all names that have been used to refer to After discussion with AOL we've decided it's time to focus our branding and use one name consistently.

    Going forward the directory will simply be known as DMOZ. Today's changes to our homepage reflect this decision by introducing a new logo. You'll also notice updates to our documentation and interface. This is an on-going process and should be completed in the next few weeks.
    DMOZ logo
    Along with the updated logo you'll also find we've made it easy to access and follow our official Twitter account via the new Twitter button found throughout the directory.
    Feb 3rd 2014 4:44PM
    Last weeks editing software update not only introduced the new Report a Listing feature, it also included several bug fixes. One of these addressed a problem with the total site and editor counts shown on the directory homepage.

    Keen observers may have noticed a drop in both of these numbers following the software install. The counts are now accurate and will update on a more frequent schedule.

    The 4.26 million listings and our category structure are available to download as RDF files. Don't forget to read about the required attribution.
    Jan 30th 2014 2:52PM
    We are very pleased to announce that today a new feature was added to our public category pages. Visitors to DMOZ are now able to notify our volunteer editors about listings that have potential problems.

    To report a problem, click the new icon ( that appears to the right of the listing:

    This will take you to the new Report Listing page. Select the reason that best represents the nature of the problem, then complete the explanation field. A valid email is required to submit the report.

    After a report has been submitted one of our volunteer editors will review the report and take any required action.

    We hope that visitors to DMOZ will take advantage of this new function, so that we can address problematic listings in an efficient manner.
    Nov 3rd 2013 9:23AM
    The editors of the largest open directory, DMOZ, are proud to announce that the 100,000th site has been listed in its Russian language branch. 100,000 sites selected manually according to objective criteria!
    Why would anyone need slow manual selection in the times of ubiquitous Internet with automated services for site promotion and with search engines penetrating every corner of human activity? Why would one need manual selection of sites in the times of plastic surgery and food with meat flavor? We, the editors of the Open Directory, believe that people have a right to get information on a topic of interest from all the available sites, not just from those that hired a SEO promoter. Because people have a right to know all viewpoints about a subject, not just one imposed by the most popular resource. Because experienced Internet users know how difficult it may be to find information on a particular issue, although a search engine offers a dozen pages of links for any request. Because only a human, not a search bot, can tell true values from sham ones, artful from artificial, a master from a charlatan, and sites with real content from those generated automatically.

    The motto of the Open Directory "Humans do it better" has been relevant for 15 years and remains so.

    What can you get from the Russian DMOZ branch today?
    100,000 sites in Russian with concise descriptions of their contents without advertisement or unnatural keywords. These sites conform to the selection criteria and have been found valuable by an editor who is an expert on a certain subject. And they may contain different, sometimes opposite, points of view.
    These make up about 14,000 categories, each devoted to a specific subject or geographic location, where one can find sites worth attention and make an informed choice not imposed by anyone.

    Join us!
    We aren't ideal yet. There are many valuable sites on the Internet that should be listed in DMOZ. They need to be evaluated, classified and described. Those sites already listed may change their owners or contents over time, so each DMOZ category needs periodic quality control. If you can help with this, consider becoming an editor. Take a subject that you know well or the region where you live and fill out the editor application form for the respective category. If your application gets approved - be sure that you will get unique experience and pleasure from involvement in a large open project.

    About the Open Directory
    The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as DMOZ (Directory Mozilla), is the largest open directory of sites. The Russian language branch is currently the seventh largest by the quantity of listings. The number of active Russian-speaking editors is about 500. In total, about 5 million sites are listed in DMOZ in 89 languages, contributed by 99,500 editors. All the DMOZ editors participate as volunteers: no one, from a smallest category editor to a meta editor or an admin, receives any financial reward for their work in DMOZ.
    The resulting data is available as XML licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. ODP data is used by a number of sites and search engines. The Open Directory is owned by AOL.

    In 2013, DMOZ celebrated its 15th anniversary.

    Written by the World/Russian Volunteer Editors.

    100 тысяч русскоязычных сайтов в каталоге DMOZ

    Редакторы крупнейшего открытого каталога DMOZ с гордостью объявляют о размещении стотысячного сайта в его русскоязычном сегменте
    Сто тысяч сайтов, отобранных вручную в соответствии с объективными критериями!

    Зачем нужен медленный ручной отбор в наш век всеобщего распространения интернета, доступных сервисов автоматизированного продвижения сайтов и проникновения поисковых систем в каждый уголок человеческой деятельности, спросите вы? Зачем нужен ручной отбор сайтов в наш век пластических операций и продуктов со вкусом мяса? Потому что мы - редакторы Открытого каталога - считаем, что люди имеют право получать информацию со всех сайтов по интересующей их теме, а не только с тех, кто нанял SEO-оптимизатора. Потому что люди имеют право знать все точки зрения по теме, а не только ту, что навязана им самым популярным ресурсом. Потому что пользователи интернета со стажем знают, как сложно бывает найти нужную информацию по конкретному вопросу, хотя поисковик и предлагает десяток страниц ссылок в ответ на запрос. Потому что только человек, но не поисковый робот, сможет отличить истинные ценности от мнимых, искусность от искусственности, мастера от шарлатана, а сайты с настоящим контентом - от сайтов, генерируемых автоматически.

    Девиз Открытого каталога «Люди делают это лучше» был и остаётся актуальным на протяжении уже 15 лет.

    Что может предложить вам сейчас русскоязычный сегмент DMOZ?
    Сто тысяч сайтов на русском языке, с кратким описанием содержимого без рекламы и искусственных ключевых слов. Это сайты, соответствующие критериям отбора и представляющие ценность в глазах редактора-специалиста по конкретной теме, с разными, возможно противоположными, точками зрения.
    14 тысяч разделов, каждый из которых посвящён конкретной теме или отдельно взятому городураны_и_регионы/ , где можно найти сайты, заслуживающие вашего внимания, и сделать осознанный, никем не навязанный выбор.

    Помочь Открытому каталогу
    Мы ещё не совершенны. В рунете множество ценных сайтов, которые должны быть размещены в DMOZ. Их требуется оценить, систематизировать и составить к ним описания. А уже размещённые в Каталоге сайты со временем меняют своих владельцев или содержимое, поэтому каждый раздел нуждается в периодическом контроле качества. Если вы можете нам помочь в этом - станьте редактором. Выберите тему, в которой вы разбираетесь, или город, в котором вы проживаете, заполните заявку в редакторы соответствующего раздела. Мы берём не всех, а только лучших кандидатов. Но если вашу заявку в редакторы одобрят - будьте уверены - вы получите уникальный опыт и удовольствие от участия в крупнейшем открытом проекте.

    Об Открытом каталоге
    Открытый каталог, также известный как DMOZ (Directory Mozilla) - это крупнейший свободный каталог сайтов. Раздел для сайтов на русском языке сейчас занимает седьмое место среди других языковых разделов по количеству сайтов. Число активных русскоязычных редакторов в настоящий момент составляет почти 500 человек. А всего в DMOZ размещено свыше 5 млн. сайтов на 89 языках мира силами 99,5 тыс. редакторов. Все редакторы Открытого каталога действуют на добровольных началах. Никто, от редактора самого маленького раздела до мета-редактора и админа, не получает материального вознаграждения за работу в DMOZ. Результаты работы в формате XML распространяются по лицензии Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommo...icenses/by/3.0/ . Многие крупные сайты, включая поисковые системы, используют данные DMOZ для своей работы. Владельцем Открытого каталога является AOL .

    В 2013 году DMOZ отпраздновал своё 15-летие.

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