Old idea… new idea

UPDATE: HERITRIX was conceived in January 2004

It is not the first time it happens.

I started reading “a memory of webs past” by Arial Bleicher ( IEEE Spectrum pages 26-37), and though: “hey, I’ve done that before”.

The text narrates how HERITRIX, an archival crawler works. Although I have never gone further, my undergraduate thesis was written down in the text lines. And hey, I wrote it back in 2003, 6 years after the first archivers where developed and without any knowledge of their existence.

Could it be a sign that I should restart my old project?

My research (back in 2003) didn’t target archival of web content, but a novel method for indexing content. It could be very well suited for the archival task with some minor adjustments.

I was very pleased to see that the basics of such project are so similar to what I have had imagined.

Maybe it is time to go back to the drawing board.