[Corpora-List] Alternatives to the Bing search API

Will Helton wmhelton at gmx.com
Fri Apr 13 12:32:38 CEST 2012


I'm new to this list, corpora linguistics and BootCat, so am very sad to hear that Bing will be withdrawing its free API service.

I've never heard of Blekko (thanks, Daniele, for pointing it out) and so did a quick search on a possible API.

The info I found here is somewhat encouraging:

http://petewarden.typepad.com/searchbrowser/2011/01/discover-public-data-with-the-data-source-handbook.html

"To obtain an API key, email apiauth at blekko.com. Their terms of service are available at https://blekko.com/ws/+/terms, and while they’re somewhat restrictive, they are flexible in practice: You should note that it prohibits practically all interesting uses of the blekko API. We are not currently issuing formal written authorization to do things prohibited in the agreement, but, if you are well behaved (e.g. not flooding us with queries), and we know your email address (from when you applied for an API auth key, see above), we will have the ability to attempt to contact you and discuss your usage patterns if needed."

Hopefully a good alternative.

Regards,

Will

On 13 Apr 2012, at 11:18, Daniele Pighin wrote:


>
> Hi Eros,
>
> The Blekko search engine has a free (at least as in "free beer", as far as I can say) search api (http://www.quora.com/What-can-I-do-with-blekko-api), even though I am not sure if that would fit your needs. I would have recommended duckduckgo but I am not sure whether it has a programmable API.
>
> Cheers,
> Daniele
>
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM, Eros Zanchetta <eros.zanchetta2 at unibo.it> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> last night I received the distressing news that the Bing Search API will soon stop being free.
>
> The BootCaT corpus creation toolkit (http://bootcat.sslmit.unibo.it/) relies on it. Since we would like BootCaT to remain completely free, we are looking for a (free) alternative to Bing.
>
> We're currently considering switching back to Google, which offers 100 free queries a day (not ideal, but it should be sufficient for creating a corpus).
>
> Does anyone know of any other alternative?
>
> Regards,
>
> Eros Zanchetta
>
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