Apache developers started back in 2003 to develop an open source web search engine. After much work turning their vision into reality and many features such as capabilities for crawling the web and adding a web database for computing, storing and analyzing all web pages discovered, the project – named nutch – went in the Apache Incubator.

Computer World UK brought this to our attention in their article, “Shaping the future with participation.” Those developers learned that one of the greatest advantages in contributing to open source is the ability to collaborate with a diverse, enthusiastic community.

Working together in teams that can cross boundaries, both geographical and metaphorical, provides a chance to bring together the best talent in one area to solve a specific technical puzzle.

Melody K. Smith

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