AltaVista Health

AltaVista was one of the first successful search engines working from 1995 to 2013. AltaVista started under the domain and paid $3.3 million to acquire in 1997. The search engine was developed by Network Systems Laboratory and the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation. In the following years, the search engine was sold with the owner companies first from Digital to Compaq and then from Compaq to Overture, which was sold almost directly to Yahoo. While AltaVista initially provided Yahoo's search results, Yahoo later offered AltaVista's search results. According to Danny Sullivan (see AltaVista web search), Digital didn't develop AltaVista to build a successful search engine, they created it to sell their computer technology by demonstrating the mass of data their supercomputers can manage. AltaVista offered numerous vertical search offers over the years.

In the year 2000 AltaVista started a Health search, which disappeared however already in the same year again from the offer. The content came from HealthCentral, a provider of news from the health sector.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2000
Closed 2000

Developer AltaVista

Country of Origin US America

2000 - 2000 Compaq Computer Corporation

Topic Search engine for Health & Medical Information

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search Interface / Search API

Used SeEn HealthCentral

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


Critical points

Features & Functionality


See also AltaVista web search: Source

References & further Publications

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Created: 2019-11-06