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March 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • We’ve continued to work on improving our recently launched click-based relevancy to boost search results relevance ranking for our indexing customers. As always, it’s important to periodically review your site’s Best Bets and keep your sitemaps up-to-date with latest <lastmod> date metadata.
  • We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.
  • We launched a new Search Site Launch Guide to make it easier to go live with Search.gov:
    • https://search.gov/manual/site-launch-guide.html
  • Released new documentation to make it easier to maintain your indexed content with Search.gov:
    • https://search.gov/manual/indexing-with-searchgov.html

Fixes and Chores

  • We mitigated potential security vulnerabilities associated with Ruby gems.
  • We applied high priority Ubuntu patches.
April 19, 2019