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    UNITED STATES: STATES: GOVERNMENT : INTERNET: SEARCH: TOOLS AND SERVICES: Google Helps States Surface Government Information Google Helps States Surface
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      UNITED STATES: STATES: GOVERNMENT :
      INTERNET: SEARCH: TOOLS AND SERVICES:
      Google Helps States Surface Government Information


      Google Helps States Surface Government Information
      Apr. 30, 2007 at 12:01am
      Eastern by Chris Sherman
      <http://searchengineland.com/070430-000100.php>


      Google has announced an initiative with state agencies in Arizona,
      California, Utah and Virginia to help expose government information to web
      search engines. Often, government information is stored in database
      systems that are difficult if not impossible for search engine crawlers to
      access and index.

      Google is working with technologists from the state agencies to help
      surface this invisible or deep web content, using a simple yet elegant
      approach using the sitemaps protocol, thereby allowing Google or any other
      search engine to discover and index government information.

      Search engine crawlers rely on links to find content on the web. Much of
      this content is static, stored as pages on web servers. By contrast,
      databases display content dynamically, responding to user queries and
      commands. Since crawlers can't type, it's difficult for search engines to
      access content in a database.

      However, most web pages displayed by a database have a unique URL. If this
      URL is saved as a link, search engine crawlers can effectively follow the
      link and see the same content a human user wouldand index the content of
      the page.

      This is where sitemaps come into play. By using the sitemap protocol to
      simulate queries to a database, the search engine can get around the
      barriers normally posed by dynamic content


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      The complete article may be read at the URL above.


      Information for Public Sector Organizations
      <http://www.google.com/publicsector>


      Make your agency website, and the information it offers, easier to find.

      Another way to make the information on your agency website easier to find.



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