We are sad to announce the passing of editor jimnoble on November 18, 2014.
Jim joined DMOZ in August 2001. He was given meta-editor privileges in 2003 and was responsible for joining thousands of editors to the project. In addition, he was very active in all aspects of the directory, and at Resource Zone and other Webmaster forums. His contributions cannot be overstated.
If you'd like to make a donation in his name, the family has suggested they go to St Barnabas Hospice or Marie Curie Cancer Care in the UK.
He will be missed very much, as an editor and a friend.http://www.dmoz.org/public/profile?editor=jimnoble
There are two available, both developed by volunteer Editors:
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.
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.
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.