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JANUARY 2006- 'FA CUP POSTER SAVED FROM DETERIORATION!'

Datafind was recently asked if we could restore a very old F.A. Cup souvenir poster as it was in a very bad way.

The poster was from the 1909 F.A. Cup 4th Round match between Newcastle United and Sunderland held at St James Park.

We scanned the poster for them and then edited it to remove all the rips and tears and restore it to how it would have originally looked.

Our customer was very impressed with what we had done and could not believe the transformation that had taken place, thinking there was no way that this 1909 historical football souvenir could ever be restored to such a high quality. Click the image or here to see part of the transformation.


JANUARY 2006- 'LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE'

London School of Hygiene were on the verge of simply 'photographing' their large and very valuable collection of maps and documents relating to World Tropical Disease. That was until they heard about Datafind's unique Heritage Scanning Services.

The School was facing quite a daunting challenge. They had a huge collection of maps to preserve and also needed to open access to the digital images via computer. The quality of the digital images needed to be as near reproduction quality as possible - and yet they only had a limited budget to complete the task.

After providing scanning samples, The School was very impressed with the results. Datafind were able to 'match' their original price for having the maps 'photographed' and therefore the decision to go with Datafind was made!


JANUARY 2006 - "ENGINEERING SCANNING - CONTINUES"

Datafind have continued to scan engineering drawings up to A0 size for a Leicestershire based Logistics company. This will preserve these drawings and allow alterations and additions to be done to the digital images. Scanning them will also save the company a great deal of time in accessing these drawings and the originals can be put away freeing up office space where they are currently stored.


DECEMBER 2005 - 'DATAFIND GETS THE BLUES!'

Datafind were recently asked if we would be able to scan some very old and precious Football Memorabilia. Click for a full size view...

An employee here at Datafind, has thousands of old Birmingham City Programs, Match Tickets and Newspaper articles that he has collected on his many travels around the Country and Europe following his team, but following the birth of his Son he now does not have the space to keep all his merchandise on show, so has had to box them all up and store them in his loft.

Some of the Programs and Match Tickets are from before he was born and are very precious as they were passed down through generations with the advice that they should always be looked after and never be sold!

This gave our team the idea to scan his Programs, Tickets and Cuttings and make them into posters for his Son's room. Scanning them also meant that his valuable collection was protected should the worst happen.

The employee is now able to flick through all of his articles on his PC without having to 'handle' the originals. All the programs were scanned page by page and put into PDF format, which make's it very easy to look through and read.


DECEMBER 2005- 'LEICESTERSHIRE'S HIGHWAY'S DEPARTMENT MAPS ARE WELL ON THE ROAD TO BEING ARCHIVED!'

Leicestershire's Highways department was given a problem to solve. They had just under 3000 documents which required scanning. In the past Leicestershire had used their own roll feed scanner to scan documents. But they hit a problem.

As these documents are quite vauable and some of them quite large, the roll feed scanners were not able to scan them at a high enough dpi - nor were they able to "guarantee" that the documents wouldn't be damaged whilst bed "fed" into the scanner.

Datafind use specialist flatbed scanners, and are used to scanning historical documentation, and council maps such as these.

Leicestershire searched the market for suppliers who could perform the work to specification and to budget and Datafind came out top.

The scanning is now well underway, taking place in batches so as not to inconvenience staff.



OCTOBER 2005 - "CEMETERY MANAGEMENT SUITE LAUNCH"

We are very excited about our latest offering to the Bereavement Services market.. CMS.

Cemeteries Management Suite... The official launch willl be at the conference in Harrogate. You can come along to our stand and see Demonstrations of the Software. Everyone who visits the stand will receive a voucher entitling you to a 5% discount on CMS (and all of our other services too). You will also be entered into our Prize Draw to win 20% off CMS and a Hamper of Champagne.

If you can't wait to see CMS at the Conference - you can find out more by clicking here.


OCTOBER 2005 - "ENGINEERING SCANNING"

Datafind have just won a contract to scan 5,000 engineering drawings up to A0 size for a Leicestershire based Logistics company. This will preserve these drawings and allow alterations and additions to be done to the digital images. Scanning them will also save the company a great deal of time in accessing these drawings and the originals can be put away freeing up office space where they are currently stored.


OCTOBER 2005 - "ICKWELL MAYDAY SOCIETY"

The society has well over 100 years of historical records relating to the towns Mayday celebrations including pictures, letters, programmes newspaper clippings etc. It was all paper based and so vulnerable to being lost. Now that the records have all been scanned they are safe and this unique record of English life can be accessed by generations to come.


OCTOBER 2005 - "DATAFIND SCAN PRECIOUS WONTNER PAINTING"

We were commissioned by a company in London, to scan a voluble painting by the British artist W. Wontner (1857 - 1930). The painting is large 120cm x 145cm and the owner wants to produce a print from the scan. With our large flatbed scanner we are able to scan even a painting of this size to a high DPI to enable a fine art print to be produced at the same size.

Wontner is famous for his paintings of young ladies and in particular a painting of Lorna Doone who he painted some 18 years before the book about her life was published.

Wontner was an Orientalist who followed the neo-classical movement in England, of which Lawrence Alma-Tadema was the forerunner. Wontner enjoyed painting seductive women in classical or oriental surroundings.

From 1879, Wontner exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Institute of Painters in Watercolour. He was very talented in portraying women in the Orientalist style Wontner continued to paint until his death. in 1930


OCTOBER 2005 - "HISTORICAL TRUST PLACE TRUST IN DATAFIND!"

Willis Fleming Historical Trust have used Datafind to archive the first part of a well known solicitors documents.

The documents included Estate plans and books were scanned by Datafind this month, The trust intends to keep the archiving project going over the next few months.


OCTOBER 2005 - "FLINTSHIRE GET TOUGH!"

Following Datafind scanning Flintshire's maps, Flintshire have decided to take things a step further and get the maps printed to Toughmap. This means that all the burial maps they have are weather resistant, fold & crease resistant, strong and tear resistant, unaffected by most chemicals, unaffected over a wide range of temperatures, Have a distinct appearance and silky touch and Abrasive resistant.

For more information about Toughmap visit www.toughmap.com


OCTOBER 2005 - "WOLVERHAMPTON GET ARCHIVING PROJECT UP AND RUNNING!"

Wolverhampton City Council have started archiving their Burial Maps.

Accessing the images of the maps will be much easier - enabling staff to access them from any location and print copies on request.

Due to the high-resolution of the scanned maps the information within them is also much clearer

 


OCTOBER 2005 - "CHARNWOOD CONTINUE TO PRESERVE BOOKS "

Charnwood have continued the process of archiving all of there burial registers. Datafind started the project back in June this year and have now completed the task of scanning the balance of the books.

Charnwood now have full disaster recovery plans in place should 'the worst' happen.

Accessing the books from their PC's also means that staff are no longer physically handling them which therefore means that they will not deterioarte any further.

 



AUGUST 2005 - "DATAFIND'S MANAGING DIRECTOR WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ALL COUNTRIES USE STIRLING!"
Datafind Managing Director, Tom Gilbert, was recently given a Q & A interviewed in the Evening Telegraph...To see what he had to say please Click Here>>>

AUGUST 2005 - DATAFIND LAUNCH NEW PRODUCT - "CORROSION FREE CD JEWEL CASE INSERTS"

Datafind are excited to launch our latest innovative product to the market: Corrosion Free CD Jewel Case Inserts". Tom Gilbert, the I.T. Director at Datafind said "Cases of rotting CD-Roms are now well documented, and as we like to protect our client's data we have introduced this exciting new product to the Archival Market." Read more about this news story by Clicking Here...


AUGUST 2005 - DATAFIND'S WORK APPEARS WITHIN LAND ROVERS ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN!

Unhappy with the scan that a previous company had provided them with, Land Rover's Artists contacted Datafind with a view to scanning a commissioned oil painting of their new Land Rover. Using Datafind's high resolution archivist scanners - the oil painting was scanned and returned to them in .tiff format.

This image will now be used within Land Rovers forthcoming advertising campaigns..


JULY 2005 - SALFORD DIOCESE GET THEIR RECORDS ONLINE!

Salford Diocese are in the fortunate position of already having most of their burial records captured into their own database. Since April we have been helping them to integrate this data into their web site and have developed an online funeral booking system for them.

Staff can now perform 'searches for deceased records' online. The public also have limited access to the records. Funeral Directors, stone masons etc. are also able to view funeral diaries via their website.


JUNE 2005 - BRENT COUNCIL ASK FOR MORE DATA CAPTURE!

Almost 2 years ago Datafind captured in excess of 250,000 records for Brent Council. This involved scanning their books, performing the data entry from their books and then deploying their records within a database that was accessible over the web. All of this was achieved within 8 weeks! Brent have now asked Datafind to capture the data for their remaining cemeteries. .


JUNE 2005 - OAKLEY PLASTICS 'ARTWORK' SCANNED

Datafind Services have recently completed the scanning and reprinting of drawings for a local company.


JUNE 2005 - ST HELENS MAPS SCANNED

Datafind Services have recently scanned maps for St Helens Council.

Due to faded text and rips in the paper, we are also repairing and graphically restoring some of their map images.


MAY 2005 - PRICE PROMISE GUARANTEE

Datafind Services are pleased to announce our new Price Promise Guarantee....

"If a customer is provided with a cheaper price on a like-for-like quotation elsewhere then we will beat that price by a minimum of 10%."


Tom Gilbert, A Director at Datafind Services, said "A customer will normally place an order based on quality and price. We know that the quality of our work is unsurpassed and we also feel that our prices have always been extremely competitive - however, with this Price Promise incentive we are guaranteeing that we will be the best on quality and price... meaning that a customer will get exactly what they want at the best possible price."


MAY 2005 - EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL - 140,000 RECORDS CAPTURED IN UNDER 5 WEEKS!

Having scanned East Ayrshire's burial registers (onsite at their offices), we then set about typing the records straight from the scans. The main advantage of typing the records from the scans was that the books did not need to be taken away from their offices - it also ensured that the data capture was performed much quicker - more than one typist could work on the same register at the same time. This meant that we were able to capture over 140,000 records in under 5 weeks!

East Ayrshire are now accessing these records via our 'Book Viewing Software' which means that after finding a record, they are able to click on it to see the 'actual' Register page from which that record was typed.


MAY 2005 - TAMESIDE - BATCHING WORK

Tameside Metropolitan Council have recently taken the step to archive all their Maps. Mike Gurney, Manager at Tameside, has split the project up into batches, allowing him to manage his budget more efficiently.

Datafind understand the budgets of Councils and are happy to scan items in seperate batches to enable them to manage the project better.


The Tamesides maps were so neat and colourful that Datafind have used them as examples of work within our Picture Gallery.


MAY 2005 - BOURNE ARE BORN AGAIN!

Whenever a member of the public arrived at the Town Hall in Bourne (Lincolnshire) asking for information from the burial registers, the bereavement services manager found it a real struggle to provide the information. There were a couple of reasons - a) It wasn't always easy to find the information in the books; and b) She would have to take all of her heavy registers down the stairs, outside and round to the Reception of the Town Hall in order to show the person the information.
Datafind provided a solution to both of her problems!
Datafind scanned her books and using our book viewing software she was able to load the scanned pages onto her laptop. This meant that instead of having to carry all of the heavy registers to the Town Hall Reception, she could simply take her laptop with her. Datafind also captured 'search fields' from the registers that included 'surname, forename, year of death, age and plot number', and these 'search fields' were linked through to the scanned pages - this meant that she could find the information that the member of the public was looking for within just a few mouse-clicks.
Datafind scanned her books and captured all of her records in under 3 weeks.


MAY 2005 - MARKET DEEPING WERE DEEPLY WORRIED!

"If this place burns down then we have lost everything... we wouldn't be able to provide a service!". That was the opinion of the Town Clerk at Market Deeping Town Council.
Town Clerks have lots of responsibilities - and at Market Deeping one of the clerks responsibilities is to organise the annual Fireworks display... and this means that the Clerk purchases the Fireworks (Rockets, Catherine Wheels etc.) and has to store them within her office, in a cabinet next to the cabinet that contains her burial registers.
Datafind scanned her books and maps and archived them to a CD and to her Computers - which means that should a Rocket inadvertently combust and start shooting round the office and set her registers alight - at least the books with over 150 years of information are backed up safely!



APRIL 2005 - FELIXSTOWE'S BURIALS MAPS ARE NOW SAFE !

Felixstowe Town Hall is situated almost on the beach on the East Coast of England. This means that the building could quite easily be hit with disastrous weather conditions - i.e. gale force winds, flood etc. Should the building suffer from flooding then the contents of the burials office may be destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
Using Datafind's latest scanners, Felixstowe Council now have no need to worry... we have scanned all of their maps and archived them to CD.


APRIL 2005 - FLOODING IN CARLISLE ENSURES ACTION IS TAKEN!

The floods in Carlisle were so terrible and unexpected that they made the national newspaper headlines. The floods hit the basement of the Civic Hall where many old records were kept - unfortunately many of these unique records were destroyed and are now gone forever.

June Caswell, Bereavement Services Manager at Carlisle City Council, reflected on a "close miss" and said that just a few weeks previously, many of their Burial Registers were stored in the basement at the Civic, and it was only by chance that they decided to move them back to the Cemetery Offices. The basement of the Civic Hall was flooded in almost 20 feet of water!

Now... in order to preserve them should any future disaster strike and to adhere with 'business continuity' guidelines, Datafind Services Ltd have archived Carlisle's books to CD-Rom and to their networked servers. Archiving them has not only ensured that they are preserved, but has also enabled records to be found much quicker... quick searches across all of the images has meant that records can be found within just a few mouse clicks.


APRIL 2005 - PRESERVING THE HERITAGE AT ONE OF THE WORLDS FINEST GOLF COURSES

On hearing about Datafind's unique High Quality Scanning and Reproduction Services, Scotland's St Andrews Golf Course contacted us with a view to scanning their old grounds maps.
Some of these maps date back to the early 1800's and one map was 8 feet long!
Datafind's scanners are amongst the few in the country that can scan documents of any size without the need to stitch images together - so the 8 foot map didn't cause us any problems.
Datafind took it's portable scanning equipment to Scotland and performed the scanning onsite.
It was a really pleasure working within such a historic and prestigious setting!


MARCH 2005 - NEWHAM COUNCIL - BULK SCANNING

Datafind have recently been archiving documents for Newham Council. The council has literally thousands of documents that are hardly ever used but need to be kept for legal reasons. The documents have been taking up much needed office space. Once Datafind has completed scanning these documents (using our high-speed scanners) they will be able to access the documents via pdf's and will be able to place the paper copies in an archive away from their offices.


FEBRUARY 2005 - DATAFIND MAKES THE HEADLINES

Datafind were recently featured in the Business Weekly Newspaper regarding what we have done so far and what we are looking to do in the future...more>>>


JANUARY 2005 - PORTABLE SCANNERS ARRIVE!

Following last months arrival of new High Spec scanners, Datafind are also pleased to announce that we have now taken delivery of portable scanners.

Tom Gilbert , Director at Datafind, said "Some of our clients have been very reluctant to have their old, precious documents leave their premises. After listening to their needs we decided to purchase new portable equipment which has allowed us to perform scanning 'on-site' at our clients premises."


WINTER 2004 - NEW SCANNERS ARRIVE!

Datafind are pleased to announce that we have now taken delivery of two new state of the art scanners.

The new scanners are of the same type used by the National Archives and British Library and enable us to scan:

  • Documents of ANY size (i.e. twice A0 without stitching)
  • Books of ANY size (i.e. A1 Open)

Tom Gilbert, Director at Datafind, said "This puts us in a unique position. The only other organisation to have scanners such as ours are public bodies such as the National Archives - we are therefore the only Private Company who has the same high-spec equipment which means that we are the only ones who can offer this type of specialist scanning to Private Companies and Organisations."...more>>>



AUTUMN 2004 - NEW INTERNET KIOSKS

Autumn 2004 see's the launch of our latest product
- INTERNET KIOSKS...

We can now supply high specification Computer Kiosks that can be used in Halls, Reception area's


SUMMER 2004 - TOUGHMAP

Summer 2004 saw the launch of - TOUGHMAP...

"The virtually indestructible map for use in all weather conditions."

READ MORE ABOUT IT >>>

Press Releases

Published in Arc Magazine - July 2004...

“A Complete Archiving Service… is there such a thing?”

The phrase “let's put pen to paper” has been used since the first quill pen was introduced in around 700 AD .

1300 years later our local council departments, records offices, museums, galleries etc. have mountains and mountains of historical handwritten paper documents and records – and even though we have entered the Digital Age – this mountain is still growing!

Of course, the problem with handwritten records is that there is generally no backup copy. If the book or document goes up in flames then there may be no physical way of recreating it.

Datafind Services, based in Kettering in the Midlands, offer ‘a complete archiving service' for historical paper documents.

Using innovative scanning solutions, Datafind have the enviable ability to archive to CD or DVD any fragile documents, maps, paintings, manuscripts, books etc. and there are “no limitations”…

“We are able to digitally scan documents of any size and colour” says Tom Gilbert, a Director at Datafind Services Ltd. “We have scanned maps larger than A0 and we have scanned books upto A2 in size. Our specialist equipment means that we are unlimited as to the size and shape of images we can capture. All of our scanning is performed at the highest resolution in full colour or greyscale – meaning the image that is captured is an identical copy of the original.”

Due to the age of some of these documents, they are often very valuable, fragile, torn and stained and are sometimes ‘glued' to thicker substances such as hardboard or marble. Datafind Services have developed equipment that can handle any scenario…

“We have scanned documents that have been in a terrible state” continued Mr Gilbert, “often they are working documents, used everyday, which means that over a period of time they have been ripped and torn. Sometimes they are glued to large pieces of board and it is impossible to ‘unstick' them. This doesn't cause us a problem. Our sophisticated scanners work in a similar fashion to a camera and we are able to capture the images or text on the documents without physically touching it and so further reducing the risk of damage.”

Although Datafind Services are specialists in archiving large format and deteriorating documents, they also offer ‘bulk' scanning services. They can scan loose A4/A3 documents and whole books quickly and at a low cost. Document laminating, book binding and book re-publishing are also services on offer.

“It's about trying to offer a complete service… and we believe we do”, said Tom Gilbert, “Our unique graphical and software development service means that we can digitally repair documents and then deploy them within a local intranet or publish them onto the world-wide-web. These documents are valuable and need to be easily accessible – using our specialist database and software you can go directly to the document you are interested in.”

Coming Events

Our list of 'coming events' will be uploaded soon.

Past Events

ICCM CONFERENCE - HARROGATE 2005

Datafind Services attended the ICCM conference at the Moat House in Harrogate once again this year. This event saw the launch of CMS and also our presentation to delegates on the subject of 'Digitisation'.

CBA CONFERENCE - CRANLEY 2005

Datafind attended the final CBA conference in Cranley and spoke to many existing customers and potential new customers too. Thanks for your support.

The Conference Centre, Cranley Jim O'Callohan Angela Dunn
Jeniffer Gregson
Ron Dunn
Tom and Bob McCulloch (Chairman of ICCM Scotland & Northern Ireland)
ICCM CONFERENCE - HARROGATE 2004

This 2004 event at The Moat House Hotel, Harrogate was a great success for Datafind. We made lots of new contacts and friends.

The Moat House Hotel    
     
     
 
Mr J.A Barker collecting the Cemetery of the Year award Ausies and Pommies Quiz Team  
CONFERENCE OF BURIAL AND CREMATION AUTHORITIES - BUXTON 2004

This 2004 event at The Palace Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire was a great success for Datafind. We made lots of new contacts and friends.

The Palace Hotel The Hall The Hall
 
Tom next to our Genealogy Search Kiosk The Hall  
SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS CONFERENCE - GLASGOW 2004

This 2004 event at The Barony Hall, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow was a great success for Datafind. We made lots of new contacts and friends.

The Barony Hall
The Datafind Stand
The Datafind Stand
The Hall
The Hall
The Hall
The Hall
JOINT CONFERENCE OF BURIAL & CREMATION AUTHORITIES - SOUTHPORT 2003

This 2003 event was a huge success for Datafind Services both in terms of making new business and making new friends! For those who attended the event we hope you enjoy the pictures below...

Frances & Sylvia Presentation...
Gordon Dixon - Immediate Past President...
Frances & Sylvia Receiving "Thanks" at Dinner
Gordon Dixon - Immediate Past President
Caroline Stanger - E-nvoy...
Frances & Sylvia Presentation...
Caroline Stanger - ODPM - EGovernment
Frances & Sylvia Receiving "Thanks" in Exhibition Hall
Hargil Datafind Prize-draw...
Hargil DataFind Prize Draw - Emlyn Hughes hands prize to Ken West (winner!)

 

 

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