Following more than a decade of transcribing billions of historic records in English, SBL has transferred these skills to accommodate a number of other European languages. Working with highly-regarded specialists in each geographic area, SBL can offer document and data management services to a much wider territory. This means that Archivists, Librarians and Data Managers in these European countries now have access to SBL’s award-winning transcription and data mining teams.
The key to this development is the transferable nature of SBL’s skills sets. The same meticulous attention to detail which is required for historic genealogical records can easily be extended to data capture and indexing of contemporary documents for Banking, Insurance, Retail and Health sectors. Similarly, the rigorous QC procedures which have been developed to deliver at least 99.5 % accuracy for records which are often damaged, hand-written and illegible to all but a highly trained eye are easily incorporated for modern and far more straight forward data entry Quality Assurance processes.
What is more, this initiative is not a small foray into non-English language data management services. Due to the high volume nature of our Genealogy projects we have already processed millions of records in each language. With our country-based specialists we have deliberately developed a solid and extensive understanding of language nuances before promoting this new capability. This is to ensure that a) our ISO Accredited QC processes are not compromised and b) the clients’ expected turnaround times can be met.
If your country is not included in the list above, fear not. This is simply the first batch based on the priorities of our existing clients. Other languages will be introduced either as part of a programme or as a result of a specific customer project. Indeed as long as we are given sufficient notice we are able to accommodate projects for new languages on a bespoke basis. Again, this is possible precisely because of the transferable nature of our skills and our experience of building a network of in-country specialists for initial training and ongoing local guidance.
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