National Archives’ online search gets personal

The National Archives is personalising its online global search facility to give users their own view across 11 silos of public information based on their areas of interest.

The National Archives is personalising its online global search facility to give users their own view across 11 silos of public information based on their areas of interest.

“Within the next three weeks, users will be given the option of registering on the website to customise searches,” says Roger Hamilton, IT manager for the National Archives.

Registered users will be able to create up to five profiles to refine searches and ensure the most relevant links are displayed first.

The online global search facility was introduced in March 2006 to give web users a single point of access to millions of state documents over the past 900 years.

“We aim to bring history to life by giving users access to information in just a few clicks,” says Hamilton.

The project was begun in 2005 to enhance the National Archives’ ability to deliver information quickly.

They chose scalable core information access technology from Autonomy  to provide a simpler, intuitive, “folksonomy” type of search web users would understand, says Hamilton.

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