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Iran's Jahana preparing to compete with Yahoo and Google

TEHRAN, July 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's 2004 Eternal Figures in the field of sociology, Jalal Saeidnia, is planning to launch a website called Jahana, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.

Saeidnia said that project organizers plan to collect all the information systematically in order to eventually compete with the Yahoo and Google websites.

He noted that almost eight million articles have been collected for different sections of the site.

The website's technical manager, Nader Tajeri, said, "When a user clicks on the site, he will see 40 icons on the home page. The icons represent 40 different fields, each being home to 30 to 40 related articles. For example, the icon history would open 30 sections and each section has its own subsections.

"The user can (also) make use of both the archive and search sections. For example, if one is searching for the word 'wheat', one can find the related information about the word in all other fields such as economy and agriculture."

The site has been designed in the two languages of Persian and English, but it will be available in 52 languages in the future, he added.

He expressed hope that Jahana would soon be able to hire researchers, typists, professors, and managers for each section.

Tajeri said that almost four billion dollars has been spent on the site over the past 15 months, explaining that part of the future expenses will be covered by advertisements and part by user fees.

The first phase of the website will be launched next month, he said in conclusion.

... Payvand News - 7/5/06 ... --

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