May 26, 2022

DC Area Firm, Search Technologies Awarded $6.3 Million Contract To Build New NARA Online Public Access Portal

From Search Technologies:

Search Technologies was recently awarded a contract worth up to $6.34M from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is the primary contractor chosen to build a new search system for the Online Public Access (OPA) resource, a portal to the billions of records that NARA maintains.


With this award, Search Technologies now has four key Government information providers as clients, the others being the Government Printing Office (GPO), the Library of Congress, and the Office of the Law Revision Council (OLRC).

Stacy Brooks at Search Technologies provided infoDOCKET with some additional info about the NARA contract.

The contract will enable NARA to acquire services to establish a new instance of NARA’s Online Public Access system. We will be helping to architect and build a new system that will be scalable to the huge volumes of content that NARA wants to make available.

Search Technologies will be re-engineering the search system from the ground-up to increase scalability to billions of records, increase performance, add functionality, and widen ingestion pipelines so that vastly more NARA content can be ingested and made available via search to the public over the internet. We will also be bringing NARA search to the mobile world with responsive user interfaces that will work as well on desktops, cell phones, or tablets.

The OPA prototype currently provides access to nearly one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which are not available elsewhere online.

The OPA Prototype is the current search system which is available on

See Also: Search Technologies Works With a Number of Enterprise Search Providers

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