Recently, Metamorphosis has published the news about new Macedonian search engine Najdi!. These days we talked to the man responsible for this project, Petar Kajevski, who currently lives and works in London.
This is his statement regarding Najdi!
“Until few months there was a great gap between substantial amount of content in Macedonian and opportunity for finding it. There has not been a suitable Macedonian search engine, and regular search engines like Google performed and are still performing very shallow indexing of Macedonian web sites. As additional problem, very few web sites provide internal search, so one can access the content of the web site only via navigation.
The gap results in users inability to locate relevant content regarding their queries, although such content exists in digital inscription. This goes vice-versa, too. The organizations providing the content have problems with the distribution of the content to the readers.
That was the reason for launching Najdi! I believe that everybody who needs information from Macedonian web sites and everybody who publishes information on those web sites have benefit from Najdi! Users have greater amount of pages at their disposal compared to the current search engines. Just to illustrate, Najdi! is currently indexing over 387.000 pages in Macedonian and over 40.000 pages in English. The number is constantly increasing.
In addition, substantial side-effect of Najdi! is creation of Macedonian internet archive.”
Najdi! has user-friendly interface without graphics and it has very short loading time in the browser. It offers a lot of options that help in search optimisation. It has Macedonian and English version.
There are two main differences between Najdi! and other standard search engines like Google in the approach towards web site indexation. First difference is that Najdi! “recognizes” the structure of the web site and it indexes all relevant data, and nothing more. The second difference is that Najdi! “understands” the page content of some web sites, which allows reach description of the fields, such are: fields for author, title and date, as well as elimination of the irrelevant text. Apart from HTML pages, Najdi! indexes PDF and Word documents which often contain information which are not published as web pages.
In order not to avoid violation of copyrights, Najdi! does not offer opportunity for browsing cached pages (like Google), but it only provides links to the web sites so the access to the content is completely controlled by the owners.