Enterprise search crawls through federal govt

Hundreds of thousands of files indexed

In a sign enterprise search technology is becoming more appealing to federal government agencies, the national geoscience research and information organization. Geosciences Australia (GA), is looking to implement an enterprise search solution for its internal data.

GA requires enterprise search capabilities so approximately 800 staff can search multiple repositories from the corporate intranet home page.

The searchable repositories will include GA intranet and Internet pages, its TRIM records management system, staff database, library catalogue, products catalogue, and images collection.

The capacity to expand the search to other GA repositories is also a requirement.

With some 650,000 electronic document management system records, and 100,000 intranet and Internet Web site resources, GA needs an enterprise search system to improve access to the data and cope with the expected "significant" growth.

According to tender documents, GA has been running an enterprise search trial since August of 2006, which has been "very successful" and become an "accepted and expected piece of functionality" for all staff.

GA isn't saying which vendor's search technology was used for the trial, but it is open to using an alternative platform for the final deployment.

Made popular by consumer services like Yahoo! and Google, search is now coming into the enterprise as an information access solution for disparate data sources.

Last year Google launched its enterprise search products locally, and Tweed Shire Council in northern NSW deployed enterprise search software to index its public Web site and PDF documents.

The tender will close at the end of the month.

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