Posts tagged release-notes

October 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • Login.gov: We continued to work on our integration with Login.gov.
  • Elasticsearch Indexing: We upgraded the underlying Elasticsearch engine for our optional search features, which includes the following:
  • Rails Upgrade: We implemented infrastructure changes for our forthcoming Rails upgrade.
  • Improved Security: We improved the security and stability of our system through a series of upgrades.

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September 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • Service upgrades: We upgraded our Rails version and continued working on other internal upgrades that ensured smooth migration across versions.
  • Improved security: We resolved and upgraded a series of security vulnerabilities.
  • Login.gov: Continued to work on our integration with Login.gov
  • Elasticsearch Indexing: We made several changes to prepare for an upcoming Elasticsearch upgrade.

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August 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • Improved security: We resolved and upgraded a series of security vulnerabilities.
  • Service upgrades: We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.

Fixes

  • Account Deactivations: We fixed a bug that erroneously deactivated some users’ accounts due to GSA account use policies.
  • Twitter Integration: We fixed a bug that prevented us from retrieving data from the Twitter API.

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June 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • Increasing indexing coverage We now index pages with only title metadata. Previously, we required pages include either content or description metadata in order to be indexed. This was to ensure we indexed pages with more complete information. However, this limited relevant content included on Javascript pages and similar client-side rendered pages.
    • As you include title metadata, it’s important keep them short and on-topic without packing in repeated information such as agency name. If you want to include your agency name, we recommend you place it after the page title. More information on metadata and tags you should include is available here.
  • Improving USAJOBS Integration Common government terms “federal” and “gobierno” no longer trigger our USAJOBS integration. Previously, queries that included these terms triggered our integration with USAJOBS to display relevant postings. However, these queries often resulted in no or irrelevant job postings.
  • Service upgrades We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.

Fixes

  • Language parsing bug fix We fixed a bug that parsed non-English pages (e.g. Greek) incorrectly or not at all. This particularly affected pages containing mathematical formulas and equations.

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July 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • 90 day Account Deactivations: We now deactivate accounts for users who haven’t logged into Search.gov in the last 90 days. If you are unable to login should contact us via search@support.digitalgov.gov to reactivate your accounts. Contractors who do not use .gov or .mil email addresses will be asked to have their government POC re-confirm their status.
  • Improved stability: We stabilized search performance by removing unnecessary content from our indices to free up memory.
  • Service upgrades: We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.
  • Non-.gov Government Domains Inventory: We decommissioned the old tool we used to manage the inventory of domains in use by federal agencies outside of the .gov and .mil top level domains. We transferred the data to GitHub, where it will be easier for agency staff to contribute to the inventory. More information is available on our website.

Fixes

  • Image search result bug fix: We fixed a bug that prevented images sent to our index via Media RSS from being displayed in search results.
  • Video search results bug fix: We fixed a bug that prevented videos from appearing in some search results pages.

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May 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • Sitelimit parameter support
    • Now our customers can specify that a search box only returns results from a particular part of their site. For example, for site www.example.gov, you want a search box on your site to only return results from www.example.gov/history. By adding the appropriate URL parameter and value, you can limit results: &sitelimit=www.example.gov/history.
    • You can also specify multiple values for the sitelimit. See this example from the National Park Service.
    • Keep in mind that the sitelimit must be for a domain within your site’s index. That is, if the Domains list includes www.example.gov, the sitelimit parameter cannot be www.agency.gov/history.
    • This feature is an alternative to our Collections feature.
  • Service upgrades
    • We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.

Fixes


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April 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • We launched updated Freshness ranking for customers indexed by Search.gov. The fresher a page the more likely it is to be promoted. Previously, we only factored the date a page is created into its freshness. Now, we first factor the date a page was last modified and then, the date a page is created. This new feature highlights the importance of ensuring that metadata on your site’s pages and sitemap is accurate. Here is more information about how we rank your search results: https://search.gov/manual/ranking-factors.html
  • We continued to upgrade components of our service, including ElasticSearch, Rails, and Ruby to improve the overall performance of our indexing system.

Fixes and Chores

  • Fixed a bug that made it difficult to view sidebar items on the search results page when hovering over individual links. Now, the experience when hovering over these links is fully accessible.

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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.

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February 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • We’ve added Click counts as a ranking factor for customers indexed by Search.gov. We look at the URLs that represent 75% of all clicks on search results, and give those a boost. This is the “fat head” that comes before the “long tail.” As always, following best practices will help results stay relevant:
    • Use Best Bets to promote frequently visited pages that are not bubbling to the top of results on their own
    • Periodically review and update Best Bets
    • Maintain an up-to-date and complete sitemap with updated dates

Fixes, Upgrades, Misc

  • Fixed an issue with the type-ahead feature on customer search boxes
  • Fixed an issue with disappearing search icon on search boxes
  • Continued with Rails upgrade for our applications

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January 2019 Release Notes

Improvements

  • After integrating directly with the new USAJOBS API, we worked on additional tuning of trigger words to avoid false positive job-related searches
  • We have improved search performance by caching repeat queries made to our data store
  • We updated our content parser to accept some non-standard HTML tags, and to ignore any content within <nav> and <footer> elements

Fixes, Upgrades, Misc

  • We upgraded Ruby on our search-gov repo
  • We increased the processing power on the servers that support our primary web index
  • We reindexed our primary index into more Elasticsearch shards
  • We decreased the cookie timeout for Admin Center sessions
  • We made the failed password reset alert language more ambiguous, so people will no longer be able to tell whether the email address has an account
  • We fixed a bug in our MRSS photo indexer

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