May 29, 2003 Search Queries Are Revealing

Mike Brown, the Utah State Library's programming whiz, has created a tool that reveals the 5,000 daily queries that visitors to are asking. Mike's Query Snoop allows you to view the lists by date and by month.

Though we haven't yet created a ranking sort, it's clear that the search for "sex offenders" continues to top the list. While tax related queries have expectedly dropped off since April, we're still finding from queries like "contact utah state tax commission" that their services are still in high demaind. Poorly constructed queries such as "complain filed to utah devision of real estate" show why some people don't find what they're seeking. Queries such as "Not getting paid for work done" may suggest to an agency a topic for a needed FAQ.

Posted by Ray_Matthews on May 29, 2003 at 08:27 AM | | Comments (1) | Send this story to a friend!

April 30, 2003

Use UtahGov Search for Your Site Search

UtahGov Search is powerful, free, and easy to use solution for a site search of your agency's web pages. Any Utah state agency, county, city, or library can use it. Not only will your users be able to search your site, but from the same box, they'll be able to query and search all of Utah government, all federal and state web sites using FirstGov, all of the Internet using Google, and a large body of recent news using All The Web.

With utahGov Site Search you can:

  • Allow users to search all your domains and servers

  • Restrict the site search to specific directories

  • Exclude specific directories or documents

  • Customize it with your colors and graphics

  • Resize and rename the search boxes

  • Add or remove custom search options

  • Weigh the search resutls so that certain pages will appear at the top

  • Use a simple or advanced search (of metadata fields and by date)

Mike Brown's online code generator will create the simple javascript to insert into your page to activate this site search. Enjoy!

Posted by Ray_Matthews on April 30, 2003 at 04:33 PM | | Comments (0) | Send this story to a friend!

February 21, 2003

New State of Utah Search Engine

The State of Utah portal and all state pages switched the search today to the State Library's UtahGov Search engine. Coincidentally, we were able to resolve the long time issue that has prevented the search engine from displaying gilsUtah metadata fields in the search results.

Posted by Ray_Matthews on February 21, 2003 at 10:02 PM | | Comments (0) | Send this story to a friend!