Open Console — Summary
In the modern World, a website is not special anymore: all your competitors have one. As web-site owner, you need to actively work to attract visitors. Search Engines may help you being discovered, and you certainly want to help them directing people to your site. Also other parties may have something to say about your website. We offer an infrastructure to share information about websites to improve the overall quality of working with them.
Our infrastructure has three interfaces, which are very distinctive:
- for website owners, to manage information about their website;
- for third party information Producers, who share their knowledge about a website; and
- for information users (Consumers), to use website knowledge for their automated tasks.
At the moment, details about websites are wide spread over internet. Often hard to find, in many cases monopolized. The "Open Console" infrastructure attempts to combine that knowledge into a single resource.
By far the most used interface for website owners, is Google Search Console. It lets you prove ownership of your website, and then offers ways to improve the indexing of your website for the Google search engine and Google Maps. As reward, it will also show you all kinds of information that Google processes have collected about your website.
Googles competitors, like Bing, Yandex and Baidu want to index your site as good as possible as well: they have each created their own attempt to contact website owners... but those are hardly used. In the real World: knowledge is power. We attempt to share knowledge about websites to 1) improve the quality of internet services, 2) give any competitor a fair chance.
Open Console will protect its data under EU law, which means: maximum privacy protection. Website owners can monitor what other people say about them, and use their legal right to get it corrected.
The hardware will be hosted in the EU. We will only use tools which are Open Source. The collected data and interfaces will (probably via an Association of Data Providers and Consumers) be kept open for everyone.
We will not own the data shared, and are not responsible for the content. Data may be encrypted and offered for a price, as long as the (validated) owner of the website or domain can access it for free.
The project, Status
In the first generation of Open Console, we focus on building a data user community: we are actively contacting parties who can add information and who want to use information. This is a slow process.
From all the potential participants, the current focus is on collecting information to improve crawling and indexing of website content. Read about The Bigger Picture.