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The odp needs funding, If there had been enough tech staff involved with the ODP this woudl have been resolved a lot faster. The ODP is a valuable assest to the web in general and i just dont think AOL take it seriously enough.
Thanks a lot to staff who worked very hard on that
Definitely thanks! I wonder if the staff in general or per category should have tip jars? I mean many of us do make money off the enhanced listings we get from google and the other directories out there that clone the DMOZ listings.
Or would this corrupt the volunteer system? If it would be setup annonymously somehow, I don't see too much harm...
I'm curious if they have it "figured out" now, such that a delay in the RDF dump will be unlikely in the future.There's some recent upbeat comments from staff on the ODP forums to the effect that they've been working around hardware and resourcing problems, but they are now confident of success.
That's a pretty good sign, as is getting out the intermediate RDF.
I do have a question that perhaps those more experienced than I could help with.
I'd like to get and use the odp / dmoz category information but the files are so large that I cannot seem to get them.
I've got a high speed cable connection with a p3 1ghz and a half gig ram, yet those files (maybe it is the odp servers?) are so large (slow), they never complete the download.
Is there another way to get the data other than by browser? Is there an ftp location perhaps that I'm unaware of?
I'm referring to any of the rdf file links shown in your browser and that url.
I consider myself a pretty advanced user; am not a programmer, but fairly experienced.
But on this one, I feel kind of stupid, as tho there is some 'secret' location that everyone else uses but me!
Means you need a downloader that can handle big http files and will restart at point of failure when it crashes.
One possibility is wget:
If anyone cares:
Instead of left mouse clicking on the desired link, one hovers the link, right mouse click and select 'save target as' from the menu (Windows of course).
The dmoz category file with catid's is 379MB for those who care. That file does not contain the actual listed sites, links or descriptions. Just the category data.
The file downloaded in under 10 minutes that way and IE6 did not attempt to open the link to the rdf/xml layout.
I look forward to posting more!
Thanks for all your contributions to the rest of our education!
I did not know about this but here it is...
in case you have problems using searches.