[LINK] New IT system for the new Australian Government

anthony hornby anthony.w.hornby at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 12:11:16 AEDT 2007

Are any of the evaluation and selection documents relating to these
decisions to use funnelback in government/universities in preference
to other competitor products publicly available? I am interested in
any information that demonstrates funnelback's superiority for
government and university use cases.

Anything you can recommend is appreciated.
I have looked on the funnelback website, I am looking for any other
quality resources you may know about.
Particularly addressing library use preferred, but anything insightful
would be good.

Thanks a lot.

Regards Anthony.

Mr Anthony Hornby
Associate Director, Resources and Technology
Library and Information Access
Charles Darwin University (CRICOS 300K)
Phone: +61 8 8946 6011
Email: anthony.hornby at cdu.edu.au.no-spam
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On Nov 15, 2007 6:24 AM, Tom Worthington <Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au> wrote:
> At 10:13 AM 14/11/2007, Avi Miller wrote:
> >On 14/11/2007, at 12:01 PM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> >
> >>... implement something like the GA system, across the entire
> >>Australian Government.
> >
> >I think you'll find this is already underway -- AGIMO ... index
> >several  agency websites and intranets. ...
> The Search Services for Government project only envisaged an agency
> internet to be searched by staff of that
> agency:
> <http://www.agimo.gov.au/practice/delivery/awards/2007_finalist_case_studies/csiro>.
> So for example, if you are in the Treasury, you can search the
> Treasury intranet, but you can't search the Geoscience Australia intranet.
> What I was proposing was that any public servant in any agency could
> search for relevant information in all agencies across the federal
> government. As well as the internal web pages, this would include the
> contents of all document management systems, with all the internal
> reports and minutes. So if you were in Treasury, you could search
> internal documents in Geoscience Australia, Transport and all the
> other agencies in one search. Obviously you would not be permitted to
> search documents which you were not permitted to see for reasons of
> national security or privacy. But just because you do not happen to
> be working in the same government agency is not a valid reason to
> block access to the information.
> That is not the most radical proposal around, the "Be Honest,
> "all documents created by government organisations to be
> automatically uploaded and published on websites at the time of their
> creation"
> <http://arts.anu.edu.au/democraticaudit/misc/aspgbehonestminister.pdf>.
> In that case as soon as the public servant saved their internal
> report to the server it would be posted to the agency public web site
> for anyone to see. My public service students were horrified by the
> idea <http://tomw.net.au/moodle/mod/assignment/view.php?id=108>. This
> mades the ALP's proposal for an Office of the Information
> Commissioner look mild in comparison. At least in that case it would
> only be other public servants rummaging through departmental files,
> not journalists and the general public
> <http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2007/10/office-of-information-commissioner.html>.
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