Digitisation of calligraphic hand written documents (from 1864 to 1998), which are very old and sensitive in nature, was the scope of the project. To make the data & images electronically available for basic computerised searching was the basic solution approach taken by CMC. This initiative enabled our client become more agile and cost effective in service delivery. Proper administration of old & sensitive civil records is the major benefit here.
GRO-NI is primarily concerned with the administration of the registration of births, deaths, marriages, stillbirths, adoptions and civil partnerships GRO-NI acts as a government body that maintains & administers the civil records for entire Northern Ireland.
To extract the data according to defined business rules from the scanned images & deliver back to the client in order to enable them to secure the sensitive data from more than 100 years old calligraphic documents within very strict deadlines. To reduce cost of searching & archiving the civil data for approximately 8 million records was in the scope. Data and images needs to be ported to client system for access by different government agencies and easy access to support services presently done manually by client. Make the data and images electronically available for computerised searching.
I am writing to thank you most sincerely for CDDA’s services (as sub-contractor to CMC) to the General Register Office, Northern Ireland, in the successful delivery of the Digitisation Project. The efforts of CMC and CDDA which resulted in completion of the project ahead of schedule were much appreciated, especially given the complexities involved in digitising records of varying age and quality.
The replacement of the manual certificate process has made a major difference to the way GRONI works and to the level of service we can now provide to our customers. The completion of this project has also provided for the first time in Northern Ireland a full electronic index and image retrieval system of all life event records dating back to 1845.
Throughout the project I have been impressed by the professionalism, skills and expertise demonstrated by the CDDA staff in particular the Management Team, Elaine Reid, David Hardy and Anthony Anderson. At the same time, I wish to extend my gratitude to the entire CDDA Team, all of whom successfully met the many challenges associated with this project.
T N CAVEN (DR)
Registrar General & Chief Executive