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Accessing the Deep Web: When Good Ideas Go Bad

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Executive Summary

Prevailing wisdom assumes that there are well-defined, effective and efficient methods for accessing Deep Web content. Unfortunately, there are a host of technical and non-technical factors that may call this assumption into question. This paper presents the findings from work on a software system, which was commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The system requires stable and periodic extraction of Deep Web content from a number of online data sources. The insight from the project brings an important issue to the forefront and underscores the need for further research into access technology for the Deep Web.

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