Yes, you heard it right. DMOZ Open Directory Project is shutting down. DMOZ used human editors to manage and organize websites.
The announcement is posted on their homepage now. It reads,
As of Mar 14, 2017, dmoz.org will no longer be available. Visit resource-zone to stay in touch with the community.
DMOZ was founded in the United States as Gnuhoo in 1998. His founders Rich Skrenta and Bob Truel were working as engineers for Sun Microsystems. Later, Gnuhoo was changed to NewHoo.
NewHoo was acquired by Netscape Communications Corporation in October 1998 and became the Open Directory Project.
Later that month, AOL acquired Netscape, giving AOL control of The Open Directory.
By May 2005, this portion of DMOZ included over 32,000 site listings.
DMOZ data powers the core directory services for many of the Web’s largest search engines and portals, including Netscape Search, AOL Search, and Alexa. Google Directory used DMOZ information, until being shuttered in July 2011.
In last few years, marketers only used DMOZ as NOODP meta tag. They used it to tell Google and other search engines not to describe their pages using Open Directory descriptions.