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The advent of Google and other modern search engines makes the wealth of information that could be discovered on the Web universally accessible. The information retrieval techniques used by these search engines are mostly effective when applied on English Web collections; however, there are many challenges that need to be addressed when using these engines on non-English Web collections. In this paper, we present Nabu - a Web metasearch engine that, for a given user query, customizes the results obtained from an underlying search service with the aim of providing effective retrieval on Macedonian Web collections. In addition to the main Web search service, Nabu also offers services such as news, hardware, image and video search, which makes it a fully-featured Macedonian Web search portal. Results of our analysis of the query logs and usage statistics, coupled with feature comparisons to other Macedonian Web search engines, demonstrate that the services offered by Nabu are being effectively used and increasingly adopted by the Macedonian Web users.
Date of Conference: 16-18 Dec. 2008