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Software Development
Platform for Search of Audiovisual Resources Across Online Spaces (PHAROS)
Developer: PHAROS consortium
Use: Search Engine for Audiovisual resources
License: assumed Freeware
Website: pharos-audiovisual-search.eu


PHAROS IPA: ['feə.rʌs] (Platform for Search of Audiovisual Resources Across Online Spaces) is the name given to a planned (and currently being developed) European Internet multimedia search engine led by the Italian system integrator Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ... Image File history File links PHAROS.svg‎ This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... IPA may refer to: The International Phonetic Alphabet or India Pale Ale ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ...

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The Platform

The PHAROS platform, co-financed by the European Commission and relating to the theme of an audiovisual search engine, began in January 2007 and will run for three years. PHAROS investment is of more than €14 mill. with €8.5 mill. funded by the FP6 of the European Commission, under priority 2 Information Society Technologies.


The PHAROS consortium consists of a highly regarded group of academic and industrial players with proven track records in innovation and commercial success. PHAROS involves 13 partners (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA, France Telecom, L3S Research Centre at the University of Hannover, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, Fundació Barcelona Media Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Circom Regional, Metaware SpA, Web Model, SAIL LABS Technology and FAST) in 9 different countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the UK), including large European players that will help ensure future project sustainability and subject matter experts who will manage highly focused technology components.


The organization of project effort will be coordinated by Engineering SpA, within a management team comprising of FAST as Technical Director, being responsible for all technological aspects, the Scientific Director (L3S Research Centre) who is responsible for the Context and User Technologies, and the Innovation Director (France Telecom) who is responsible to validate key project results in a real-world showcase scenario.

Francesco Saverio Nucci, PHAROS project director
Francesco Saverio Nucci, PHAROS project director

Francesco Saverio Nucci, PHAROS Project Director from Engineering SpA, said: Image File history File links Nucci_eng_small. ... Image File history File links Nucci_eng_small. ...

"We would like to explore and advance the state of the art in the cutting edge technologies for audiovisual search engine, supporting European Innovation in the field. PHAROS provides an enabling integrated platform which may be used to build fascinating B2C, B2B, or even C2C applications, often referred to as Web 2.0 resources."


Philippe Rozes, Head of Orange’s Labs Technologies, explained:

"France Telecom is responsible for integrating and testing this demonstrator on a platform specific to this project. France Telecom is also responsible for developing publication and subscription protocols for the platform and is contributing to the analysis of social media for indexing and personalisation."
Prof. Wolfgang Nejdl, Head of the L3S Research Centre
Prof. Wolfgang Nejdl, Head of the L3S Research Centre

Prof. Wolfgang Nejdl, Head of the German L3S Research Centre, stresses the need for personalizing the search experience: Image File history File linksMetadata Wolfgangnejdl. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Wolfgangnejdl. ...

"With a few hundred thousand hits available for almost every query, putting the most relevant results first is an increasing challenge. Different users and communities have different expectations about what should come up first, and information needs change depending on the current task and context of the user of our PHAROS search platform. We will therefore also focus on user and context technologies in PHAROS, and will include innovative algorithms supporting user centric searching and robustness against spam. Our innovations will also build upon social network and blog analysis (important aspects in new Web 2.0 environments), which provide rich information about user preferences, and enhance user experience with the PHAROS audio visual search platform."

Developers

Fast's history

Main article: AlltheWeb

In 1999, Fast, technical director of the PHAROS project, launched the technically advanced AlltheWeb search engine. Their aim was to index all the publicly-accessible web. Their crawler indexed over 2 billion pages by June 2002[1] and started a fresh round of the search engine size war. Before their purchase by Yahoo!, the database contained about 3.3 billion URIs. Screenshot of AlltheWeb. ... Screenshot of AlltheWeb. ... Screenshot of AlltheWeb AlltheWeb is a major search engine which debuted in mid-1999. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Fast Search & Transfer ASA (recursive acronym FAST) (OSE: FAST) is a Norwegian company based in Oslo. ... Screenshot of AlltheWeb AlltheWeb is a major search engine which debuted in mid-1999. ...


AlltheWeb had a few advantages over Google, such as a fresher database, more advanced search features, search clustering and a completely customizable look.[1] [2] [3] In February 2003 Fast's web search division was bought by Overture. In March 2004 Overture itself was taken over by Yahoo!. Shortly after Yahoo!'s acquisition, the AlltheWeb site started using Yahoo!'s database and some of the advanced features were removed, such as FTP search. Yahoo! Search Marketing (formerly Overture Services, Inc. ... Yahoo! Inc. ... FTP or File Transfer Protocol is used to connect two computers over the Internet so that the user of one computer can transfer files and perform file commands on the other computer. ...


Currently, Fast is delivering search technology for YouTube, among others. YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...


List of Developer companies and institutions

  • Flag of Italy Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA
  • Flag of France France Telecom
  • Flag of Norway Fast Search & Transfer
  • Flag of Germany L3S Research Centre at the University of Hannover
  • Flag of Germany Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology
  • Flag of Switzerland Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Flag of United Kingdom Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University
  • Flag of Spain Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Flag of France Circom Regional
  • Flag of Italy Metaware SpA
  • Flag of Italy Web Models
  • Flag of Austria SAIL LABS Technology

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European Commission gift

Bjørn Olstad, Fast's CTO

In december 2006, the European Union Research Fund of the European Commission gave €8.5m to the project. Bjørn Olstad, Fast's CTO and designated Technical Director of PHAROS said: Image File history File linksMetadata Bjørn_Olstad. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bjørn_Olstad. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive body of the European Union. ...

"This research fund is validation of the key tenets and concepts behind PHAROS, and we would like to thank the European Commission for its confidence in the project. We look forward to developing the next generation multimedia search in cooperation with such a highly regarded group of partners."

That was a few weeks after the German partners of the controvercial Quaero search engine project left the french, and decided to develop a parallel project called Theseus. Quaero (Latin: I seek) is the name of a program of research and industrial innovation (translated from French) which has the goal of developing multimedia and multilingual indexing and management tools for professional and general public applications (such as search engines)[1]. This program is supported by the French Agency... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ...


Name

The Lighthouse in ancient Alexandria was called Pharos. The Greek and Latin word for lighthouse and thus the etymological origin of the word for "lighthouse" in many romance languages, such as French (phare), Italian and Spanish (faro), Portuguese (farol) and Romanian (far). Pharos of Alexandria The Pharos of Alexandria, an ancient lighthouse, is depicted in this hand-coloured engraving by Martin Heemskerck. ... Pharos of Alexandria The Pharos of Alexandria, an ancient lighthouse, is depicted in this hand-coloured engraving by Martin Heemskerck. ... An ancient drawing of the lighthouse. ... This article is about the city in Egypt. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... The Romance languages, a major branch of the Indo-European language family, comprise all languages that descended from Latin, the language of the Roman Empire. ...


See also

Fast Search & Transfer ASA (recursive acronym FAST) (OSE: FAST) is a Norwegian company based in Oslo. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive body of the European Union. ... Quaero (Latin: I seek) is the name of a program of research and industrial innovation (translated from French) which has the goal of developing multimedia and multilingual indexing and management tools for professional and general public applications (such as search engines)[1]. This program is supported by the French Agency... France Télécom is the main telecommunication company in France. ...

References

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Fast Search & Transfer (2006-06-25). Fast launches ALLTHEWEB.COM Alchemist customized search tool. Press release. Retrieved on 2006-12-17.
  3. ^ (2002-06-17) "AllTheWeb Now A Better Search Experience Than Google". Microdoc News. Retrieved on 2006-12-17. 

A news release, press release or press statement is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something claimed as having news value. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

External links

  • Official web site

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Alexandria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3412 words)
Traces of its pavement and canal have been found near the Rosetta Gate, but better remains of streets and canals were exposed in 1899 by German excavators outside the east fortifications, which lie well within the area of the ancient city.
Alexandria consisted originally of little more than the island of Pharos, which was joined to the mainland by a mole nearly a mile long (1260 m) and called the Heptastadion ("seven stadia" — a stadium was a Greek unit of length measuring approximately 180 m).
The Pharos lighthouse was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century, making it the second longest living ancient wonder next to The Great Pyramid of Giza.
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