[Corpora-List] Alternatives to the Bing search API

Yannick Versley versley at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de
Fri Apr 13 12:31:00 CEST 2012


Dear Eros,

the DuckDuckGo search engine has a page where they list their sources: http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/216399-sources Of those that they list, only EntireWeb seems to be both general-purpose and free http://entireweb.com/services/ They allow 5000 HTTP requests per 24h period. Their conditions of service seem to be targeted at custom search engines rather than corpus linguists, so it may be useful to ask them if (or under what conditions) that's an acceptable use.

Best wishes, Yannick

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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