Friday, March 9, 2012

DEiXTo powers ΟPEN-SME

We are happy to announce that DEiXTo is going to power ΟPEN-SME, an exciting EU-funded project that promotes software reuse among small and medium-sized software enterprises (SMEs). ΟPEN-SME is coordinated by the Greek Association of Computer Engineers and it is aiming to develop a set of methodologies, tools and business models centered on SME Associations, which will enable software SMEs to effectively introduce open source software reuse practices in their production processes.

   DEiXTo-based wrappers have been successfully deployed in order to enable the project's federated search engine, called OCEAN (developed by the Department of Informatics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), to simultaneously search in real time existing open source software search engines that do NOT offer API access (i.e. Koders and Krugle). To achieve this, custom Perl code was written so as to submit the user-specified queries to the native websites and scrape the (N first) results returned into a suitable form.

    We are really glad that we are participating in this challenging and innovative project and we hope that DEiXTo will help ΟPEN-SME towards implementing its goals. So, if you are looking for a web scraping framework to power your aggregator or search engine, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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