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The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory
of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
Or Continue Reading About...The Republic of the Web
The web continues to grow at staggering rates. Automated search
engines are increasingly unable to turn up useful results to search queries. The small paid editorial staffs at commercial
directory sites can't keep up with submissions, and the quality and comprehensiveness of their directories has suffered. Link
rot is setting in and they can't keep pace with the growth of the Internet.
Instead of fighting the explosive growth of the Internet, the Open
Directory provides the means for the Internet to organize itself. As the Internet grows, so do the number of net-citizens.
These citizens can each organize a small portion of the web and present it back to the rest of the population, culling out
the bad and useless and keeping only the best content.
The Definitive Catalog of the Web
The Open Directory follows in the footsteps of some of the most
important editor/contributor projects of the 20th century. Just as the Oxford English Dictionary became the definitive word
on words through the efforts of a volunteers, the Open Directory follows in its footsteps to become the definitive catalog
of the Web.
The Open Directory was founded in the spirit of the Open Source
movement, and is the only major directory that is 100% free. There is not, nor will there ever be, a cost to submit a site
to the directory, and/or to use the directory's data. The Open Directory data is made available for free to anyone who agrees
to comply with our free use license.
The Internet Brain
The Open Directory is the most widely distributed data base of
Web content classified by humans. Its editorial standards body of net-citizens provide the collective brain behind resource
discovery on the Web. The Open Directory powers the core directory services for the Web's largest and most popular search
engines and portals, including Netscape Search, AOL Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot, DirectHit, and hundreds of others.
You Can Make a Difference
Like any community, you get what you give. The Open Directory provides
the opportunity for everyone to contribute.
Signing up is easy: Choose a topic you know something
about and join. Editing categories is a snap. We have a comprehensive set of tools for adding, deleting, and updating links
in seconds. For just a few minutes of your time you can help make the Web a better place, and be recognized as an expert on
your chosen topic.
Join the Open Directory Project
Find a category that you would like to maintain.
Follow the Become an Editor link at the top of
the category page.
Note that some categories do not have a Become an Editor link;
you should find a more specific category which interests you, and apply there. Once you have joined, and gained some experience,
you can apply for more general categories.