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26 July, 2006 - 06:57 By Staff Reporter

Autonomy brings order online to 1,000 years of history

Cambridge’s Autonomy Corporation is to bring 1,000 years of British history to the public’s fingertips through the online modernisation of the UK National Archives.Cambridge’s Autonomy Corporation is to bring 1,000 years of British history to the public’s fingertips through the online modernisation of the UK National Archives.

The company’s state-of-the-art intuitive infrastructure software has been used for the National Archives’ global search tool, which gives users access to 11 catalogues and databases containing 30 million, which stretch right back to the Domesday Book of 1086.

The management of electronic records is recognised as one of the vital underpinning elements in the Government’s modernisation programme, as the majority of government records are now produced electronically and need to be both stored securely and made accessible.

Autonomy’s work is helping expand The National Archives’ reach by supporting its efforts to make its vast numbers of electronic records accessible both to the general public and to authorised on-line users.

In planned future developments, Autonomy functionality – including profiling and alerting – will allow users to automatically receive the content they are interested in from the vast collections of The National Archives.

These features will enable users to effectively harness information stored in the ever-increasing quantities of electronic records stored by The National Archives.

David Thomas, director of collections and technology at The National Archives, said: “We are thrilled to launch this new and exciting tool, which will allow users to access information about records held at The National Archives and in local record offices throughout the UK.

“It will be of immense value to academic historians, family historians and others who share an interest in our past.”

Mike Lynch, chief executive of Autonomy, added: “We are proud to make the wealth of information held within The National Archives fully accessible and retrievable.

“Autonomy’s unique ability to automatically form an understanding of the meaning of electronic information from huge volumes of data stored in multiple, disparate sources will benefit The National Archives’ users for years to come.”

Autonomy’s technology automatically forms an understanding of the content of information.

This conceptual and contextual understanding of the meaning of electronic data enables data processing operations across large quantities of information, capabilities vital for leveraging the knowledge contained within large data stores.

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