Yahoo has just released BOSS (Build your Own Search Service), a new offering which promises to give developers access to the entire Yahoo! Search index, and Yahoo!’s “crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms”. This seems fantastic news, especially for our research group which is interested in user goals, the web and search. I’m curious to see whether/how we can use BOSS to implement some of our research ideas, as access to a large web index has been a significant barrier for realizing some of our ideas in the past. BOSS might turn out to be an interesting tool to be used in teaching as well (especially in my course on “Web-Science“). A tip of the hat to Herwig for pointing me to this exciting development.
Yahoo! Search Boss11 07 2008