Fiche and Aperture Card to Digital Format
Microfacs recently completed a very challenging project for the North Platte Public School System in Nebraska. The school system consists of one high school, two middle schools and ten elementary schools. The project was to digitize and index all past student records going back to the 1940’s.
There were over 481,000 records in both aperture cards and microfiche that were stapled together. The first challenge was that the aperture cards had to be processed on a different machine than the microfiche. As a result two separate data bases were created that had to be matched and merged. The second challenge was there were different kinds of fiche and aperture cards resulting in multiple set up and machine configurations. Overall the project required very meticulous attention to detail and organization to ensure that all records matched correctly.
These records are now stored in pdfs that are indexed by name and social security number. The project took a little over 6 weeks to complete, with the North Platte school system having a more efficient and secure data storage system for its student records.