A Seminar report on

The Deep Web
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[3] www. credited with coining the phrase. founder of BrightPlanet.com .[1] said that searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean: a great deal may be caught in the net. the Invisible Web. which is indexed by standard search engines. Traditional search engines cannot "see" or retrieve content in the deep Web—those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search. but there is a wealth of information that is deep and therefore missed.[2] Most of the Web's information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites. and standard search engines do not find it. Mike Bergman.Introduction The Deep Web (also called the Deepnet. the Undernet or the hidden Web) is World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web. The deep Web is several orders of magnitude larger than the surface Web.studymafia.

Size Estimates based on extrapolations from a study done at University of California.[4] and.[5] www.500 terabytes. Berkeley in 2001.000 deep web sites existed in the Russian part of the Web in 2006. according to Shestakov.000 deep web sites in the entire Web in 2004.[3] speculate that the deep Web consists of about 7.com .studymafia. More accurate estimates are available for the number of resources in the deep Web: He detected around 300. around 14.

occurred in the aforementioned 2001 Bergman study. in a description of the @1 deep Web tool found in a December 1996 press release.[3] www. in a seminal paper on the deep Web published in the Journal of Electronic Publishing. but they didn't bother to register it with any of the search engines.Naming Bergman.com . So.studymafia.[7] The first use of the specific term deep Web. I call that the invisible Web. mentioned that Jill Ellsworth used the term invisible Web in 1994 to refer to websites that were not registered with any search engine. now generally accepted. Koll of Personal Library Software. no one can find them! You're hidden." Another early use of the term Invisible Web was by Bruce Mount and Matthew B.[3] Bergman cited a January 1996 article by Frank Garcia[disambiguation needed]:[6] "It would be a site that's possibly reasonably designed.

especially if open-domain input elements (such as text fields) are used. such fields are hard to navigate without domain knowledge. CAPTCHAs. which may prevent Web crawling programs from accessing the content.. Non-HTML/text content: textual content encoded in multimedia (image or video) files or specific file formats not handled by search engines.com .studymafia. Engines such as Google do not index pages outside of HTTP or HTTPS.g. or no-cache Pragma HTTP headers which prohibit search engines from browsing them and creating cached copies. Private Web: sites that require registration and login (password-protected resources). Text content using the Gopher protocol and files hosted on FTP that are not indexed by most search engines.[8]) Scripted content: pages that are only accessible through links produced by JavaScript as well as content dynamically downloaded from Web servers via Flash or Ajax solutions.Deep Resources Deep Web resources may be classified into one or more of the following categories:         Dynamic content: dynamic pages which are returned in response to a submitted query or accessed only through a form.[9] www. ranges of client IP addresses or previous navigation sequence). Limited access content: sites that limit access to their pages in a technical way (e. This content is referred to as pages without backlinks (or inlinks). using the Robots Exclusion Standard.g. Contextual Web: pages with content varying for different access contexts (e. Unlinked content: pages which are not linked to by other pages..

[1] It has been noted that this can be (partially) overcome by providing links to query results. www.studymafia. This search engine searches through a few subscription-only Web sites. these crawlers do not attempt to find dynamic pages that are the result of database queries due to the infinite number of queries that are possible. For example.com . but then show users a login or subscription page when they click a link from the search engine results page. In 2005.Accessing To discover content on the Web. search engines use web crawlers that follow hyperlinks through known protocol virtual port numbers. This technique is ideal for discovering resources on the surface Web but is often ineffective at finding deep Web resources. Some subscription websites display their full content to search engine robots so they will show up in user searches. but this could unintentionally inflate the popularity for a member of the deep Web. Yahoo! made a small part of the deep Web searchable by releasing Yahoo! Subscriptions.

date). (2) identifying inputs which accept only values of a specific type (e. Sriram Raghavan and Hector Garcia-Molina[11][12] presented an architectural model for a hidden-Web crawler that used key terms provided by users or collected from the query interfaces to query a Web form and crawl the deep Web resources. the pre-computation of submissions is done using three algorithms: (1) selecting input values for text search inputs that accept keywords.studymafia. In 2001. Google's deep Web surfacing system pre-computes submissions for each HTML form and adds the resulting HTML pages into the Google search engine index. Both mechanisms allow Web servers to advertise the URLs that are accessible on them.Crawling the deep Web Researchers have been exploring how the deep Web can be crawled in an automatic fashion. The Sitemap Protocol (first developed by Google) and mod oai are mechanisms that allow search engines and other interested parties to discover deep Web resources on particular Web servers.. also allow to extract structured data from result pages. Commercial search engines have begun exploring alternative methods to crawl the deep Web.[13] Several form query languages (e.g. and Junghoo Cho of UCLA created a hidden-Web crawler that automatically generated meaningful queries to issue against search forms. Petros Zerfos. thereby allowing automatic discovery of resources that are not directly linked to the surface Web. besides issuing a query.. Alexandros Ntoulas. DEQUEL[14]) have been proposed that.com .g. The surfaced results account for a thousand queries per second to deep Web content. and (3) selecting a small number of input combinations that generate URLs suitable for inclusion into the Web search index.[17] In this system. www.

Most of the work of classifying search results has been in categorizing the surface Web by topic. because the resource could have been found using another method instead of traditional crawling. travel. The format in which search results are to be presented varies widely by the particular topic of the search and the type of content being exposed. it is not necessarily a member of the surface Web. The first level is to categorize sites into vertical topics (e. health.Classifying resources This section may contain original research. a resource may reside in the surface Web. End users expect their search tools to not only find what they are looking for quickly. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding references. If a resource is indexed by a search engine. if we have an arbitrary resource.studymafia. we cannot know for sure if the resource resides in the surface Web or deep Web without a complete crawl of the Web. The more difficult challenge is to categorize and map the information extracted from multiple deep Web sources according to end-user needs. but it has not yet been found by a search engine.g. Unfortunately. but to be intuitive and user-friendly. the search reports have to offer some depth to the nature of content that underlie the sources or else the enduser will be lost in the sea of URLs that do not indicate what content lies beneath them. In order to be meaningful. (September 2012) Automatically determining if a Web resource is a member of the surface Web or the deep Web is difficult. Even if a backlink does exist. www. search engines do not always provide all backlinks to resources. Statements consisting only of original research may be removed. For classification of deep Web resources. Therefore.com . This classification poses a challenge while searching the deep Web whereby two levels of categorization are required. there is no way to determine if the resource providing the link is itself in the surface Web without crawling all of the Web.. Deep Web search reports cannot display URLs like traditional search reports. The challenge is to find and map similar data elements from multiple disparate sources so that search results may be exposed in a unified format on the search report irrespective of their source. automobiles) and sub-topics according to the nature of the content underlying their databases. Furthermore. one may assume that the resource is in the surface Web. If a search engine provides a backlink for a resource.

studymafia. as search services start to provide access to part or all of once-restricted content. www.com . In the future. deep Web content may be defined less by opportunity for search than by access fees or other types of authentication.Future The lines between search engine content and the deep Web have begun to blur. An increasing amount of deep Web content is opening up to free search as publishers and libraries make agreements with large search engines.

^ Garcia. Patel. Frank (January 1996).com . pp. The Deep Web: Surfacing Hidden Value. Zhen. Sriram. Communications of the ACM (CACM) 50 (2): 94– 101. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 3. BrightPlanet LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-24. Ntoulas. 129–38.edu www. Zhang. and Junghoo Cho (2005) (PDF). Bin. Petros Zerfos.7 terabytes of content. "Crawling the Hidden Web" (PDF).References 1. 5. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB). doi:10.1145/1230819. Masthead 15 (1). Garcia-Molina. December 1996. ^ Raghavan.studymafia. ^ UCR. PLS was acquired by AOL in 1998 and @1 was abandoned. Archived from the original on 1996-12-05. "Business and Marketing on the Internet". Michael K (July 2000). "Accessing the Deep Web: A Survey".1241670. ^ Bergman. ^ Alexandros. Chang. 7. ^ @1 started with 5. UCLA Computer Science. 6. Downloading Hidden Web Content. 2. Retrieved 2009-02-24. estimated to be 30 times the size of the nascent World Wide Web. ^ He. "PLS introduces AT1. Personal Library Software. Hector (2001). 4. the first 'second generation' Internet search service" (Press release). Mitesh. Kevin Chen-Chuan (May 2007).

Berkeley. Panagiotis G. Steve (June 2006). "Probe. Proceedings of the 2001 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data. Daniel. Nayak. Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: an International Journal 5 (3): 233–53. Joe (Jan 2004). Teaching Library Internet Workshops. and Classify: Categorizing Hidden-Web Databases" (PDF). Liu.1109/MIC. Nelson.Further reading       Barker.com . Mehran (2001). Xiaoming. Mohammad (Mar/Apr 2006). How-To Guide to the Deep Web.studymafia. Frank. How to find it. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011.41. Tao. Count.. He. Bin. Why it exists. "Mining World Knowledge for Analysis of Search Engine Content" (PDF). Li. King. USA: UC. "Search Engine Coverage of the OAI-PMH Corpus" (PDF).2006. IEEE Internet Computing 10 (2): 66–73. Kevin Chen-Chuan (2003). and its inherent ambiguity". Zubair. www. McCown. CA. "Statistical Schema Matching across Web Query Interfaces" (PDF). Chang. Luis. "Invisible Web: What it is. Richi (November 2007). Sahami. Gruchawka. pp. Michael L. John D. Gravano. Ipeirotis. 67–78. doi:10. Proceedings of the 2003 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data. Yuefeng..

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