Launched 1995
Closed 1997


Country of Origin


Topic Universal


Technical functionalities

Used SeEn

Robot: Open Text Index Robot (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Sullivan, Danny (2001): »We've lost search engines before. The demise of Go is dramatic simply because old search engines are supposed to quietly fade away, not come to a screeching halt. Open Text is a good example of this. In 1995, Open Text was one of the big search engines people depended on. It was arguably bigger than Yahoo. For example, I remember being at Internet World in 1995 and stopping by the fairly large Open Text exhibit. It was big enough to graciously allow Yahoo a table within its confines, where none other than Jerry Yang was personally answering questions. Open Text faced the classic search engine question of whether it should develop its technology as a product for businesses, concentrate on its consumer web site or try to do both. The company ultimately decided to concentrate on software, and the web search site was allowed to slowly die. By the time the web search engine closed in mid-1997, no one really noticed.« Source

Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003): »Rest In Peace: Open Text (1995-1997): Yahoo's original search partner was also a popular web search site of its own in 1995. The company crawled the web to gather listings, just as Google does today. Open Text decided to focus instead on enterprise search solutions, where it is currently successful. Web search operations closed in mid-1997.« Source

Wikipedia: »OpenText was founded in 1991 as a small four-person consulting operation. The company was a spin-off of a University of Waterloo project that developed technology used to index the Oxford English Dictionary. Early participants in the project included two professors of Computer Science, Dr. Frank Tompa and Dr. Gaston Gonnet, an undergrad Computer Science co-op student, Michael Knowles, and with their Faculty of Arts colleague, John Stubbs. Key people who become involved later include Tom Jenkins (P Thomas Jenkins, known as Tom), who joined the company as COO in 1994 and Tim Bray. Tom Jenkins later became President and Chief Executive Officer,[4] and has been Executive Chairman since 2013. John Shackleton served as President from 1998–2011, and as CEO from 2005 - 2011. Mark Barrenechea has been President and CEO of OpenText since 2012. OpenText is a supporter of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, contributing both funds and in-kind services to the school.« Source

Wikipedia: »One of the earliest companies to use favored placement was Open Text Corporation for its Open Text Index search engine in 1996.[1] However, the practice was met with complaints from consumers, and Open Text abandoned the idea within a few weeks.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

»Durch Volltextindizierung ist auch die Suche nach komplexen Begriffen und beliebig langen Sätzen möglich.« Source


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003): Where Are They Now? Search Engines We've Known & Loved URL:

Created: 2015-09-26