PuppyIR is a project co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework ICT Programme (INFSO-IST-231507). The project will run from 2009 to 2012 and is conducted by a consortium with 8 partners. It combines technology developers, user organizations and parties with an interest in the exploitation of project results.
Developing children’s abilities to find and understand information is a key to their development as young adults. The Internet offers children exciting new ways to meet people, learn about different cultures and develop their creative potential.
However, children’s ability to use the Internet is severely hampered by the lack of appropriate search tools. Most Information Retrieval (IR) systems are designed for adults: they return information in a form that is unsuitable for children.
PuppyIR will help children searching the internet. The project will construct an Open Source Framework that will provide the infrastructure to develop ‘child-focused’ and ‘child-friendly’ components to be deployed within child information services. Surprisingly, the commercial world has not found its way yet into the development of information services adapted to children and teens, except for the gaming industry. So PuppyIR is being developed at the right time, by a consortium that has the necessary knowledge to bring the leading concept further.