Lowell Deeds

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June 18, 2007

QC MLC’s

by @ 8:51 am. Filed under Registry Ops

For the past three months we have been quality checking our old document images. Recently we have discovered a disproportionate number of problems than in past. A little research discovered that the vast majority of these bad images are Municipal Lien Certificates. Most of the documents being checked are from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. In those days MLC’s came in all shapes and sizes…green, yellow, Onion Paper, etc. The process we used to capture the images may be partly at fault. Way back in 1999 (or so) we sent hundreds of rolls of duplicate microfilm to Florida to be digitized. The company we hired used and an automated scanning process. My speculation is that the scanner was set to a “standard exposure” which did not reproduce the “various” shapes and sizes” of the older MLC’s. Of course, the next step after finding the problems is fixing them…we do this on a daily basis.

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