Alan Emtage


Alan Emtage

In 1989, Alan Emtage conceived of and implemented Archie, the world’s first Internet search engine. In doing so, he pioneered many of the techniques used by public search engines today.

In 1992, Emtage, along with Peter J. Deutsch, founded Bunyip Information Systems, Inc., the world's first company expressly founded for and dedicated to providing Internet information services. Bunyip distributed a licensed, commercial version of the Archie search engine.

Emtage, a founding member of the Internet Society, chaired several working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force, including one which established the standard for Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). He has served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Online Computer Library Center and others.

Since 1998, he has been a partner at Mediapolis, Inc., a small web development company based in New York City.

Emtage was awarded a B.S. in Computer Science in 1987 and an M.S. in Computer Science in 1991, both from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

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