Friday, May 26, 2006

scanstone digital

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has under taken a monumental project.

It is scanning and digitizing its microfilmed records stored in their Granite Mountain Vault outside Salt Lake City and will offer them online, free of charge, for genealogical research. The project, called "Scanstone," first was estimated to take probably 120 years. Later, the time frame was shortened to 30 years. The latest predictions are within six years or sooner according to Etta Shepherd, director of the local Family History Center in Victoria. from The Victoria Advocate TX USA and click for full article

I have been following this with interest since I googled into it. Brigham Young University computer department is doing research into automatic edge recognition as that link shows, this is state of the art technolgy with widespread applications.

I met one of the programmers, who had travelled 5000 miles to London to give a lecture in May, and his tip was to subscribe and log on to in order to get their newsletters where developments will be announced.

[PDF] Microsoft PowerPoint - A Sneak Peak at the Near Future.ppt
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTMLWhat is Scanstone? A new system (both software and hardware) ... The ScanStone Process. The ScanStone Process. Microfilm is scanned 1 Education/sneak_peak_David_E_Rencher.pdf -


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