Comparative Study of National Directories and Portals in South and East Europe / G1
Since its conception two decades ago the World Wide Web had a truly remarkable expansion. Today it has extended into nearly every facet of society, from commerce to education, and it is also employed in a variety of uses, from scholarly research to casual browsing.
The World Wide Web, as its name suggests, is a global information resource in the sense that anyone, anywhere regardless of country or language , is free to make information available in this space. Search engines facilitate finding information, of interest, in the "ocean" of above mentioned information. Our opinion is that national homepages, national Web directories and search engines will have a crucial role in Web expansion in the countries of south and east Europe.
We explored national homepages, national Web directories and search engines of south and east Europe countries in an attempt to evaluate them and make an analysis of their functionalities and search capabilities. Based on that research, we made a comparison study between the above mentioned Web portals and our portal WWW.HR.
WWW.HR is a joint project between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering
and Computing, Department of Telecommunications and the Croatian Academic
and Research Network CARNet. As one of first Croatian portals WWW.HR
in year 2004 celebrates a decade of existence, through which time it
has been providing the basic information about the Republic of Croatia
to the surfers worldwide. It consists of two informational services,
Short info on Croatia and the Directory of Croatian Web sites.
After the exploration was over and the data were processed the following
conclusions were made. Almost all explored portals, Web directories
and search engines were commercial, with banners and sponsored links
or news, only one was sponsored by the government (www.poland.pl), also
only few of them have had some kind of country info with some basic
information about the country. Technologies that were used in their
development varied from basic .html pages, PHP generated pages to the
JSP and ASP generated pages. The techniques used in search were also
various, some portals use CGI scripts, some PHP functions, some Perl
scripts, and some ASP functions. Majority of
The results of this comparison study show that the WWW.HR is still among the best national homepages and Web directories in the region because it has the country info in which the basic information about Republic of Croatia are given, it has also the modern and user friendly design with Croatian and English version of web pages. Search results of WWW.HR search engine are precise, and the catalog is well organized with cleared and intuitive structure. It has also a rather large number of hits and page views per month within the scope of Croatian Web space, and it is the only one placed among the 10 most visited websites in Croatia that is non-commercial.