New Zealand Police have been making use of Wellington-based software company Syl Semantics' search engine technology for some time, and so has the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Science and Innovation group.
"Winning this business was an important milestone for the company in that it provides a reference site within a core government agency," Syl Semantics chief executive Sean Wilson said.
Initially, Syl’s semantic search technology was implemented across Science and Innovation’s client relationship management database, information management system, global expert database, windows file share and external website. Since becoming part of MBIE in July, this has been expanded to include the external websites of the former Departments of Labour, Building and Housing and Ministry of Economic Development.
Science and innovation CIO Steve Pyne said Syl's semantic search capability produced faster and more accurate results.
Syl Search takes context into account when searching for information, understanding relationships and synonyms. It also uses a customised dictionary of commonly used scientific acronyms and specialist terms.