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new firstgov.gov search engine Wednesday, 25 January 2006 10:47 am

Posted by Dongmei in Uncategorized.
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Yesterday, FirstGov.gov(http://www.FirstGov.gov) and FirstGov en Español (http://www.espanol.gov) launched the government’s most powerful search engine for U.S. government information that powered by Vivisimo’s (vivisimo.com) Velocity search engine, famous for its federated-search and clustering capabilities. See Vivisimo’s press release “FirstGov.gov Goes Live with Vivisimo’s Velocity Next-Generation Search Portal“.

Some highlights of the new search engine that you may find useful:

1. Has a dedicated search page at http://www.firstgovsearch.gov/;  

2. the knowledge base is increased from 8 million documents to over 40 million documents, and continues to grow with the Web;

3.
Vivisimo’s powerful meta search platform pulls results from a number of government databases in addition to the Microsoft’s MSN Search index, which includes: FirstGov’s database of answers from the citizen help line 1-800-FED-INFO, the US Government’s telephone hotline; MyMoney.gov‘s database of recommended personal finance website; Forms.gov’s database of federal forms; USAJOBS, federal employment listings; Podcasts from federal websites and automobile rankings from Fueleconomy.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 4. search results are organized into clusters (categories) under three sorting umbrellas (by topic, by agency, by source).   

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