British Department of Trade and Industry selects Autonomy to power UK Biotechnology Portal

Cambridge 04 July 2002Autonomy Corporation plc, an expert in infrastructure software for the enterprise, has been selected by the British Government's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to deploy its infrastructure technology to power a new portal focusing on United Kingdom Biotechnology, called "Information Biotechnology" or "iBio". iBio is a new initiative in joined-up government, and is designed to ensure that the United Kingdom continues as a driving force in developments in biotechnology.


The project is actively supported by the Office of the e-Envoy, and is funded by the "Invest to Save Budget" (ISB), a Treasury initiative that finances innovative partnership projects across government and the public sector. Autonomy's proactive technology will assist the Government's drive to champion this fast rising sector, and will work to ensure that international measures affecting biotechnology in the United Kingdom are fully taken account of.

iBio is an outward-facing resource targeted at end-users in the commercial and academic biotechnology communities, and will also provide lay information to the public. Autonomy's software will power the automation of a number of information operations including the aggregation and classification of data from fourteen different government departments and research councils, as well as many other publicly funded organisations. The end result will be a powerful and comprehensive source of information on all aspects of governmental activity in the biotechnology sector.

By deploying Autonomy's technology, the iBio portal project will effortlessly integrate multiple sources of information, and automatically categorise and handle the data with minimal input from the contributing organisations, allowing the DTI to create pain-free joined-up government. Mark Phillips, Head of the iBio Portal Project, commented: "The DTI is delighted to announce the purchase of Autonomy's software to power this groundbreaking development in joined-up government. We look forward to providing a comprehensive resource for the United Kingdom's biotechnology community, and beyond, without the extensive manual input that such a resource would normally require."

Autonomy's unique Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) integrates unstructured, semi-structured and structured information from multiple repositories through an understanding of the content. At the heart of Autonomy's software is its ability to analyse text and voice in any language and identify and rank the main concepts within it. It then automatically categorises, links, personalises and delivers that information. Autonomy's infrastructure technology is used to automate operations within enterprise information portals, customer relationship management, knowledge management, business intelligence and e-business applications, among others.

The Department of Trade and Industry's principal aim is to work with business, employees and consumers to drive up United Kingdom competitiveness and productivity to deliver prosperity for all. Through the UK Biotechnology Portal, the DTI, in close conjunction with its partners, will extend this remit by pooling public sector knowledge about biotechnology in one easily accessible Web portal.

The core partners are the Department of Trade and Industry; the Department of Health, Health and Safety Executive; the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Office of Science and Technology; the Office of the e-Envoy; the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; the Medical Research Council; the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council; the Natural Environment Research Council; and the Environment and Social Research Council.

Leslie Versweyveld

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