SOAR - THE FUTURE
SOAR was demonstrated in the Genealogy workshop, in the Computer workshop, and at several presentations given by CIC during the AHSGR convention in Denver, CO in June, 2001. That provided possible volunteers an overview of what they would be expected to do and interested chapter/district councils an overview of what was available to them for virtually no cost. Several chapter representatives had a little problem understanding what free actually means. AHSGR purchased an unlimited license for the five year term of the contract with CIC to use the imaging and keyword indexing software package. This meant that any chapter could use this approximately $50,000 software package at no cost to them. For optimal usage and to have CIC provide on line support to the chapters, they had to buy two software packages at a cost of less than $500. That gave them seven day per week support from CIC. Training sessions were held at CIC in Greeley, CO on June 11 & 12, following the convention in Denver for volunteers and for interested chapters, who wish to avail themselves of the software purchased by AHSGR.
Instead of scanning and then manually indexing each
individual obituary, we now use an auto optical character recognition (OCR)
process in CIC headquarters, Greeley CO, to scan (if copies are paper) or
process directly electronic copies of obituaries received. The processed
obituaries are placed in processing queues where volunteers, using an Internet
connection and their home computer, verify or correct the OCR information and
manually enter the birth, death, and publication information (as available in
the obituary) into the record. The volunteers use software resident on CIC
servers and the only download to the volunteer that occurs is the interface to
that software. The volunteer selects files from their assigned queue, corrects
the OCR results (as needed), enters the date information and then clicks a
button to transmit the file to the server where it will be uploaded to the SOAR
database that evening.
Send your name, postal address and e-mail address to Marge Benson at soarproject@ahsgr and she will see that you are assigned to help the volunteers finishing the work on new obituaries.
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