ISYS Search Software
Site Map | Contact Us
We decided to invest in ISYS because ISYS offered the best system for worldwide search capability across our wide area network.
    :: Success Stories
       ISYS-Powered Sites
    Downloads & Resources
ISYS Newsletter
Enter email to subscribe:
Manage subscriptions
Read current issue
    Print this page
Home >> Customers >> Success Stories >> City of Clearwater

City of Clearwater

The City of Clearwater is utilizing ISYS:web to deliver up-to-the-minute information to its staff and citizens. Incorporating all legislation, codes and committee minutes, ISYS:web provides a central system to give council staff instant access to city-wide information. Perched on the Pinellas Peninsula on the west coast of Florida in the United States, between the Gulf of Mexico on the west and Tampa Bay on the east, the City of Clearwater is home to over 100,000 people.

It all started with the purchase of ISYS:desktop for the City Clerks department. With ISYS, the City Clerks could effortlessly search through commission and board minutes to fulfill research requests. ISYS then expanded to include the City Manager Department and the City Attorney Department. With the gradual spread of uses for ISYS, it was eventually implemented citywide to provide all employees with access to the City’s legislative information.

“We discovered the accuracy & speed at which ISYS could retrieve important documents for research and precedence,” says Susan Stephenson, Document & Records Supervisor for the City of Clearwater. “There are so many ways in which ISYS can benefit the council that we decided on putting it on our intranet site.”

With the purchase and implementation of ISYS:web, the City of Clearwater now allows all employees to access Commission & Board minutes, City Codes and City Legislation.

Currently over 3,100 files are indexed in two directories. The directories consist of City Codes and minutes and miscellaneous documents. The minutes date back to 1988 and the staff search the minutes and official documents through the intranet.

With ISYS:web, the information stored in the accumulated documents and other text-based files (spreadsheets, e-mails, memos, letters, web pages, etc.) can be quickly found, retrieved, filtered, sorted and organized in a standard web browser. ISYS:web finds the information regardless of the document’s location and format. One of the user-friendly features the City of Clearwater employs is the delivery of documents in Rich HTML format. This feature presents a retrieved document, dynamically converted to HTML but retaining the formatting of its native file. This is done without the need for a browser plug-in because all the work is done on the server end.

Prior to investing ISYS, information could only be searched manually. Alphabetic indexes were created to reference minutes. A staff member would go through the minutes item by item and type an index alphabetically. After each item was read, the staff member would then try to predict all the words others would use when searching the minutes. “Pre-ISYS, we had to try our best to be mind-readers – creating the index meant making assumptions as to what others would search for when looking for a particular topic,” says Stephenson. “ISYS has since made searching so much more accurate and efficient.”

Minutes are used as a research tool, often to find precedence on an issue that was discussed in prior meetings. “Having this information available to employees and citizens is vital,” says Stephenson. “The minutes are usually approved the day after a meeting takes place. ISYS has saved us so much time, both in searches and distributing information. The Scheduler utility, a feature of ISYS:web, allows commission minutes from board meetings to be viewed immediately upon approval.”

The City of Clearwater also receives many requests from the citizens regarding City legislation information. The City has placed a terminal in the office reception area, to allow citizens to search on the City’s intranet for the information they need. This allows the citizens to conduct simple and complex searches.

“Since ISYS has highlighted hits, along with hit-to-hit navigation, users can type in a word and read the paragraph surrounding the word and decide for themselves if this is the information the need,” says Stephenson. Currently, the commission meetings are available on the City of Clearwater’s website, however, there is no search mechanism. Citizens can go through the minutes page by page by, but cannot search. “We plan to provide the citizens of the City of Clearwater access to the ISYS:web search functionality on the Internet in the near future,” says Stephenson.

Small ISYS Logo Privacy Policy | Site Map | Contact | Copyright © ISYS Search Software 1988-2004