This article describes changes coming next month as well as some long term thinking about the future of searching across federal, state, and local government web sites. The new changes are aimed at giving the managers of agency web sites a bit more control over how their results appear to users of USASearch.gov. A user searching for “passport” will be more assured of finding a link to State Department’s latest information and instructions, for instance. The article also notes long term changes are possible. The five-year contract that USASearch.gov has with Vivisimo will be expiring in a couple of years and in the last two years “the industry’s best search companies have opened their development platforms and made it much easier to access their indexes through common application programming interfaces.” Currently, USASearch.gov uses Microsoft Live Search and Vivisimo.
- Widgets to the rescue, By Wyatt Kash, GCN, May 26, 2008. “USASearch.gov aims to make agency info easier to find with new spotlight tool.”
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