Iowa's Worth County has selected The Sidwell Company of St. Charles, Illinois, to provide document image capturing services for the offices of the Recorder and Auditor. Sidwell— an employee-owned provider of geographic information systems (GIS), aerial photography, photogrammetric, mapping and website provision services— will digitally capture the historical land records documents from these two county offices using an in-house state-of-the-art digital imaging system.
Sidwell's expedient digital imaging process produces much higher quality images than traditional scanning methods. In addition to capturing the documents, The Sidwell Company will perform quality control and post-processing of the images by converting them to a usable format, cropping to individual pages, and indexing each by page number. Capturing these images will not only provide Worth County with a digital file back-up of their historical records, but will also allow for easier access to recorded information while reducing the risk of damage to the valuable hardcopy records through repeated handling.