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Let's Hear it for DMOZ

Just looking through the listing of sites linking to us again today and it was encouraging to see the proliferation of our DMOZ entry through other directory sites.

For those of you who have not come across it DMOZ is one of the best examples of free collaborations extant on the internet - very much in the spirit of the early pioneers.

Sections of the directory are edited by volunteers who review submitted sites for inclusion. Webmasters draft their own entry and the editors check that it stands up. Some people complain that they are slow and unresponsive and perhaps they have experienced some of the over subscribed sections because it does seem to be the case that once the directory has a reasonable number of similar sites ie local sites of a widespread organisation they become reluctant to add more.

But in our case this corner of the directory is not very congested and we were included several weeks after submission. Now we see the benefits of proliferation of the content by sites, including Google Directory, who take copies of DMOZ and re-publish it as a service to their readers using the Free Use license offered by Netscape who host the project these days.

Oddly enough Google doesn't always include these entries in their "Links To" count for a site but they do turn up on Yahoo.

Here is a LoFi streaming sample of our arrangement of a brisk Mazurka from Chopin Opus 24 No3 to send you on your way with a smile or lead you on to visit our site and purchase some of our wonderful original percussion arrangements of a delightful selection of classical pieces.

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