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Missouri Launches Collaborative Historical Search Portal

Missouri has launched a free collaborative search portal that integrates millions of historical documents from the state’s local libraries, universities, and cultural institutions in a single web gateway. Powered by Deep Web Technologies’ Explorit Research Accelerator (, Missouri Digital Heritage ( is designed to further Missourians’ access to information about the history of people and places in the state.

The site includes multiple types of documents, including photographs and other digitized primary sources, such as historical documents, in nearly 20 different "collections." These collections—from Agriculture to Women—allow users to quickly explore hot topical areas. To access them, Deep Web Technologies developed a federated search that is able to search all types of databases, deliver all types of documents, and evolve quickly to include new content and content partners. The search engine also allows sites with limited technology resources to participate since there’s no need to index data.

In addition to varying content, Missouri Digital Heritage supports a broad spectrum of historians—including novice genealogists—which drove the design of the search engine. Searches on Missouri Digital Heritage return every result, contrary to standard federated searches, which limit results to the most relevant.

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office houses both the state archives and state library. Much of the content is hosted directly from these collections. The Missouri state archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value and is the definitive source of information on Missouri state and governmental history. The state library provides hundreds of grants per year through LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funds distributed by the federal Institute of Museum & Library Services. Many collections included in the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative are made possible through this grant program.

Source: Deep Web Technologies

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