The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has finalised work on arrangements for the provision of Government Search Services, blogged Marcel Gabriel, Assistant Secretary, Online Services Branch, AGIMO.
The contract with Funnelback, CSIRO’s former search engine technology business, has an initial term of three years which may be extended by the Department of Finance and Deregulation for a further three, twelve-month periods.
This Government Search Service will let people locate information on public-facing government web sites using keywords and other refinements to a search pattern and is administered by AGIMO for use by any Australian government agency.
“Funnelback will be responsible for the procurement, development and operation of the service; Finance and the user agencies will only be responsible for making the functionality of the service available to users,” explained Gabriel.
The Government Search Service is broadly composed of the following functions:
Funnelback was developed by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian National University, originally under the name of P@noptic and the company was selected by AGIMO after a tender process initiated in May 2011.
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