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General Questions

What is One Source Direct?

One Source Direct is a distributed Web Search Engine, based on a peer-to-peer network.

Who can use One Source Direct?

One Source Direct is a community platform for entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers, and anyone wanting to expand their circle of online influence.

What does search indexing mean?

Indexing means that a web page or digital content is filtered and extracted for single words or phrases that are referenced against further words or phrases with comparable relativity, and then given a score to which they are indexed inside an online database.

What’s the meaning of  search engine “crawling”?

Search engine crawling fetches a web page and filters out all links on it. This means that web pages that have ‘ link’ associations ‘by back -link’ begin to gather depth according to its internal and external link associations.

Search engine crawling is infinite and includes indexed web information, and also, the parts of indexable web information that are censored by commercial search engines, and standardly, not what most people who search the Internet could not observe.

What is a P2P network?

Defined as peer-to-peer networking, a distributed system, or decentralized technology, a P2P network is an architecture that has no central governing body. All peers are equally privileged and each peer makes a portion of their resourcessuch as processing power, disk storage or network bandwidth, directly available to other network participants, without the need for central coordination by servers or stable hosts.

What is a Peer?

A peer is a communications endpoint in a computer network. Each peer offers its services and uses the services of other peers. In One Source Direct, a peer provides web indexing services to other peers on the  One Source Direct search network.

Is  P2P illegal?

No. P2P (peer to peer) only describes the technology by which computers exchange data amongst themselves.


Technical Questions

What are global and local indexes?

When a member of One Source Direct is connected to a proxy server, a local copy of the indexed data they receive is automatically created within a user’s profile dashboard.

Because of One Source Directs privacy by design architecture, members can only access the global index of information if they have a direct connection to the One Source Direct network of external servers – which effectively is the combination of all local user indexes.

I am not a technician. Can I use One Source Direct easily and use it to index my own web pages?

One Source Direct is very easy to use. You don’t need any special knowledge or additional software. Indexing your own information is simple. Simply crawl it and distribute it with the peers that you wish to share it with.

Can I crawl and index the web with One Source Direct?

Yes. You can start your own crawl and you may also trigger distributed crawling, which means that your own One Source Direct peer asks other peers to perform specific crawl tasks. You can specify many parameters that focus your crawl to a limited set of web pages.

Is there a central server? Does the search engine network need one?

No. The One Source Direct network architecture does not use a central server, and this is the principle of decentralization.

Search Engines need a lot of terabytes of space, don’t they? How much space do I need on my computer?

The global index is shared, but not copied to other peers. If you run One Source Direct, you need an average of the same disc memory amount for the index as you need for the cache. In fact, the global space for the index may reach the space of Terabytes, but not all of that is on your machine.

Do I need a fast computer? Search Engines need big server farms, don’t they?

You don’t need a fast machine to run One Source Direct. You also don’t need a lot of space. You can configure the number of Megabytes that you want to spend for the cache and (currently only indirectly) the index. Any time-critical task is delayed automatically and takes place when you are idle surfing (this works only if you use One Source Direct as HTTP proxy).

How long does a search take?

Time for a search depends on many factors. One is, if you perform a local-only search or a global distributed-based search.

In general One Source Direct’s architecture does not yet accommodate peer-hopping, it also doesn’t have a TTL (time-to-live). It is expected that search results are timely responded to by the requester. This can be done by asking the index-owning peer directly.

Because One Source Direct needs some redundancy to compensate for missing peers, it asks several peers simultaneously. To collect their response, One Source Direct waits a little time of before the request is made to another peer.

Will running One Source Direct jeopardize my privacy?

One Source Direct respects user privacy. All password- or cookies-protected pages are excluded from indexing.

Can other people find-out about my browsing log/history?

There’s no way to browse the pages that are stored on a peer. A search of the pages is only possible on a precise word.

Why does One Source Direct show different results from Google?

We expect One Source Direct to show different results than Google, for several reasons. As long as One Source Direct has only a few peers working, it cannot compete with Google. Hence the importance of having a great number of One Source Direct peers working. But even then One Source Direct will provide different and better results than Google since it can be adapted to the user’s own preferences and is not influenced by commercial aspects.

Why Work with OneSource.Direct?

Our site offers simple, easy centralized access to information.  For a User with a Need imagine being able to send ONE “contact us” form to those Users that appear when searching the internet as opposed to visiting every website, verify that they have what you are looking for, and then possibly send multiple requests for additional information.