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They were started 3 years ago by editors at ODP (not sure if they were supposed to be part of ODP or not - but this appears on the pages: "Copyright © 1999-2003 Netscape."). However, once ODP peaked out, and AOL/Netscape took over they pretty much went into a death spiral from all appearances - I see almost no recent updates on either site.
This appears at the bottom of some DMOZ pages:
"Visit our sister sites chefmoz.org ¦ musicmoz.org ¦ open-site.org"
Statistics as of the beginning of January, 2001 for chefmoz:
40,938 links to reviews
Current stats: 182924 restaurants - 11394 reviews - 47889 links to reviews - 595 editors.
I think they are basically projects that were started in better times and never got any support. So, while not dead, they are far from healthy.
ChefMoz is indeed a sister project of the ODP while (I think) MusicMoz was created by ODP editors, but is not (or was not) directly related to the Open Directory Project.
That may have changed while I wasn't paying attention.
[edited by: Laisha at 5:19 am (utc) on Mar. 5, 2003]
MusicMoz had it's Grand Opening November 2002. It was started by a few DMOZ editors, including Metas and Editalls. Some of the information is based upon ODP data, but is mainly being added by editors and submissions. The process is a new one, but familiar to those editors already involved with the ODP. It actually seems to be catching on with other editors, as far as I can see in the DMOZ editor forums. It is a slow process, due to the lack of editors, and time.
I think it has great potential. The updates are XML dumps. I've noticed quick and accurate search results, soon after posting updates.
have remains smaller still. I have edited off and on, but a lot more effort needs to go into a ChefMoz profile than goes into an ODP listing.
I am not especially familiar with Open-Site.org except that it is brand new and, as with any open content encyclopedia, its early entries will be appallingly bad and improve with edits by more knowledgeable reviewers as the site grows. Like MusicMoz, it is not sponsored directly by ODP or Netscape, but by people who met while they were ODP editors.
Recently activity there has grown substantially, so I don't think that it is dying at all.
do they accept websites that do not have English versions?
Musicmoz on a whole is just a baby still. Most links are imported from Dmoz, but it is far more than just links, offering discography, biography, reviews, timeline, etc...
Of course there are still a lot of categories with minimal content (we are working as fast as we can), so if you don't want to apply as editor, how about submitting a few discographies for your favourite groups, or write-up some biographies, or reviews. All submissions are credited (unless you state anonymous).
For prospective editors, individual Bands_and_Artists category applications, are mostly accepted immediately (unless you don't declare affiliations, or your English is atrocious). Other areas, such as Styles, Regional etc, are a little harder to be accepted for, at the moment, as you need ontology understanding, but those applications are still being considered.
Most importantly, remember a good free resource isn't just built by itself. It needs volunteers. Just look at Dmoz. It took a while before the content and quality was there.
Oh, and if you do make it over to Musicmoz, say hello to me :)