Partner picked to build FirstGov
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Aug 28, 2000
AT&T Corp.'s GRC International Inc. and Autonomy Corp., a provider of
Internet infrastructure technology, announced a partnership last week to
help build the government Internet portal, FirstGov.
The FirstGov site — intended to make it easier for the public to find information
that the government has posted on the Internet — is expected to launch in
the fall. By December, the portal is expected to receive more than 2 million
visitors each day.
The General Services Administration selected GRCI along with Autonomy, AppNet
Inc. and Imagitas to provide the technical resources that will streamline
the aggregation and navigation of 100 million Web pages.
Based on the Federal Search Foundation database of all publicly available
federal Web pages, the GRCI-led effort will consist of
* An AT&T Web hosting center running on a Sun Microsystems Inc. platform.
* A user-friendly interface developed by AppNet.
* Advanced features such as natural language search queries and communities
of interest using Autonomy's software.
* Additional content and strategic direction provided by Imagitas.
"We're absolutely thrilled by the selection and being part of the initiative
to aggregate all the federal government pages, and part of streamlining
and efficiency for government in action to the average citizen," said David
Appelbaum, San Francisco-based Autonomy's U.S. general manager.
Financial terms of the agreement were being kept confidential at this time,