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Vivísimo and MSN Search to Power FirstGov.gov

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA; http://www.gsa.gov) has announced that Vivísimo (http://vivisimo.com) and Microsoft’s MSN Search (http://www.msn.com) have been selected to provide search results for the FirstGov.gov Web portal (http://www.firstgov.gov). Vivísimo will leverage its Velocity software and Clusty Web search platforms to selectively crawl and metasearch federal and local government-related content and cluster the combined MSN Search and Vivísimo results for easier navigation by FirstGov.gov users.

GSA said the new search strategy provides significantly more services for less than the cost of previous FirstGov search services. The contract is valued at $1.8 million annually, which is nearly half the cost of the current search service on FirstGov.gov. The contract is part of a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) FirstGov has set up to acquire future Web search services. The BPA has a total value of $18 million over the length of the agreement. GSA also signed a BPA with Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), which currently provides the search technology for FirstGov.gov.

FirstGov.gov Search will also significantly expand the scope of its government service capability. Currently, FirstGov.gov Search includes an index of approximately 8 million federal government Web pages. Vivísimo, in partnership with MSN, will provide an index that’s more than three times larger than the current service. It will include federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government Web sites. In addition, FirstGov.gov will launch governmentwide news and image search services so citizens will not have to go to individual agencies to find these resources. The FirstGov.gov site was launched in September 2000 and has had several major improvements over the years.

Source: U.S. General Services Administration



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