Audit Commission boosts intranet with Verity content software

The Audit Commission is using Verity software to launch its new intranet in a bid to improve information analysis. The system is...

The Audit Commission is using Verity software to launch its new intranet in a bid to improve information analysis. The system is expected to ultimately be connected to the Web, allowing public scrutiny of the Commission's work.

The government body, which scrutinises how public money is spent, will use Verity's search and content organisation software, K2 Enterprise 4.5 (K2E), on 2,500 desktops. The intranet forms part of the commission's knowledge programme, which is designed to make better use of its information resources and improve its inspections across the UK's public services.

"We hold a unique collection of information here and we recognised that we could use it better to help our staff, clients and the public," said Audit Commission knowledge management programme manager Mike Ibbitson.

"Our previous search engine was basic and didn't allow us to search our data in a number of key areas," he added. "We weren't satisfied with the way we organised our knowledge. It ended up in vast silos not being used."

The first phase of the knowledge programme will see the search engine enabled on the Commission's intranet, but early next year it will be Web-enabled allowing the public to view its work.

"It will enable the public to be able to look at the results of our inspections and audits," said Ibbitson.

"The aim of the knowledge progamme is to develop a system that will enable us to harness and maximise the use of our combined knowledge. Having top-quality search and classification solutions is absolutely key to this."

The software will be used on the commission's intranet to search and organise hundreds of thousands of documents from across the public sector, including health, local government, police and crime.

In the US, the Office of Homeland Security, set up after the 11 September terrorist attacks, is also improving its information gathering to help combat terrorism. It is deploying Autonomy software on 200,000 desktops to analyse information collected from federal agencies and intelligence services, including data from Web sites and e-mails, which may point to possible attacks.

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