Veronica (search engine)

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Veronica was a search engine system for the Gopher protocol, developed in 1992 by Steven Foster and Fred Barrie at the University of Nevada, Reno.

During its existence, Veronica was a constantly[how?] updated database[clarification needed] of the names of almost every menu item[clarification needed] on thousands of Gopher servers. The Veronica database could be searched from most major[clarification needed] Gopher menus. Although the original Veronica database is no longer accessible,[why?] various local[clarification needed] Veronica installations and at least one complete rewrite ("Veronica-2") still exist.[further explanation needed]


The search engine was named[citation needed] after the character Veronica Lodge from Archie Comics, an intentional analogy with the naming of the Archie search engine, a search engine for FTP servers. A backronym for Veronica is "Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Net-wide Index to Computer Archives".[citation needed]

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