Searchbox implemented ahead of ODPM's deadline.
Several local government organisations in the UK have implemented Searchbox, the web search engine from web technology company Runtime, to improve e-Government performance.
The provision of online information and effective information sharing are considered key to meeting the 'Priority Outcomes' December deadline from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). Councils are focusing on providing electronic delivery of priority services but research suggests that many public sector institutions have yet to implement a satisfactory online system.
Searchbox has been implemented by various public sector organisations, including the Greater Manchester e-Governmental Partnership (GMeP) and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Both have integrated Searchbox into their own websites, enabling users and citizens to access online information from multiple websites, through a single portal.
The e-Government objectives require that information enquiries are dealt with fully and accurately and the GBP150,000 capital grant for 2005-6 is dependant on councils submitting satisfactory Implementing Electronic Government (IEG) progress reports.
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