Today, more and more children are using Internet to access the wealth of information and knowledge that it offers. Information services must control the information sources from the Internet to be able to promote high quality services during the exploration and the learning phase to access the process. So, special information services for children are needed.

PuppyIR will take a user-centered approach

Research and development activities will be guided by scenarios created in partnership between partners who are experts in supplying information for children.

The aim of this research is to 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.

PuppyIR is

Information Services

  • Retrieval for children
  • Summarisation for children
  • Multi-lingual/ translation
  • Blog search for children
  • Information filtering/ adult filtering
  • Question/ answering for children


  • Age classification
  • Language processing (age/complexity/query)
  • Topic classification
  • Modality
  • Collaboration (group relevance decision)


  • Child-friendly interface
  • Query handling and (re)formulation
  • Browsing
  • Interactive media design


  • Mobile devices
  • Location based services