El estado norteño de los EEUU, Minnesota, que tiene 5 millones de habitantes, está utilizando el software Ultraseek de Verity (con distribución en España) para facilitar las búsquedas de todo tipo de documentación e información a sus usuarios.


SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 25, 2004 Verity Inc.,  a leading provider of enterprise software that enables organizations to maximize the return on their intellectual capital investment, today announced its powerful, downloadable Verity Ultraseek enterprise search software has been integrated into the public information portal of the State of Minnesota.

The official Web site for the state is known as North Star www.state.mn.us. It is a comprehensive online presence for all government departments and 250 state agencies serving Minnesota government workers, residents and businesses as well as visitors and those seeking to conduct business with or in the state. On the leading edge of an emerging e-government trend, the Minnesota portal is the single information access point for all government services, offering up-to-date information with dynamic content management. In addition, the sites fundamental design and operating principles aim to foster cross-agency collaboration and information sharing while providing a quality online experience that meets different constituents expectations on a 24×7 basis.

North Star has made the Minnesota state government highly accessible, acting as the communications vehicle between the government and its five million residents, said Eileen Quam, the Minnesota Office of Technologys information architect. The Verity Ultraseek enterprise search engine is a critical reason why North Star works as well as it does and its the clear best choice from a financial perspective. The state chose the Verity Ultraseek search engine over other search options, including hardware-based ones.

Verity Ultraseeks superior search relevance capability enables site visitors to quickly locate information and interact with different parts of the state government from renewing automobile registrations to applying for licenses to practice veterinary medicine. The softwares APIs enable easy integration with the sites existing content management software, allowing rapid, accurate creation and management of the data. According to Quam, Verity Ultraseeks ease of integration had a positive impact on users ability to navigate across the entire site.

In addition, the state is also leveraging Verity Ultraseeks Content Classification Engine (CCE) to effectively organize the half million dynamic documents on the site into browseable topics for easy searching. With the CCE Module, search and browse capabilities are tightly integrated. While viewing topics, users can conduct focused queries by searching within a topic. In response to queries, the CCE Module displays search results and topics related to the returned documents. The result: faster, more accurate searches.

Taxonomies created or refined using Verity Ultraseeks CCE took into account that the same information would be of interest to different site visitors in different ways. Quam and her team devised a method of building primary and secondary taxonomies with that multiple usage in mind using Ultraseek. The approach also allowed for better and easier linkage with the multiple agencies sites that sit behind the North Star portal.

The State of Minnesota has harnessed the capabilities of Verity Ultraseek in a way that can serve as a model for the deployment of the Verity downloadable enterprise search software, said Anthony J. Bettencourt, Veritys president and chief executive officer. We are pleased that the North Star portals successful implementation has led other states and several major cities to adopt Verity Ultraseek.

A state with a population of five million, the North Star portal has a hit rate of approximately nine million per month.

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