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Pinning down the fleeting Internet: Web crawler archives historical data for easy searching

The Internet contains vast amounts of information, much of it unorganized. But what you see online at any given moment is just a snapshot of the Web as a whole — many pages change rapidly or disappear completely, and the old data gets lost forever.”

” ‘Your browser is really just a window into the Web as it exists today,’ said Eytan Adar, University of Washington computer science and engineering doctoral student. ‘When you search for something online, you’re only getting today’s results.’ “

“Now, Adar and his colleagues at UW and Adobe Systems Inc.¬†are grabbing hold of the fleeting Web and storing historical sites that users can easily search using an intuitive application called Zoetrope.”

Read the press release here .

November 17, 2008