A total of 2'450 documents with creation dates back to 1941. In the spirit of the progressive digitisation of the Canton of St.Gallen, the Retrodigital Platform project was launched. In the future, it should be possible to access the various historical publications of the State Chancellery independent of time and place, as well as to simplify any necessary research.
Over 120'000 pages
Marlène Schürch, Lawyer with the State Chancellery of the Canton of St.Gallen
To comprehend the origin of a legal text or a government decision, it is necessary to view the corresponding official gazette. However, until the realization of Retrodigital, it was only possible to view this information physically in the state archives or in the archives of the state chancellery, which was then retrieved by the previously searched official gazette number. This was, until recently, a time-consuming task due to the limited opening hours and prolonged time required for manual search, which on some days occupied several employees. Furthermore, with the introduction of the home office obligation, this increased the required effort even further. Even for historians who need the documents for family research, the physical inspection was inconvenient and sometimes involved long journeys.
In the spirit of the progressive digitization of the Canton of St.Gallen, the Retrodigital Platform project was launched. In the future, it should be possible to access the various historical publications of the State Chancellery independent of time and place, which will simplify any necessary research.
As a leader in Intelligent Document Processing (IDP), Acodis was commissioned to create the platform.
The total count of documents was 2,450, and their year of creation dated back to 1941.
Acodis created a scalable platform equipped with full-text search & filter functionality. The platforms also includes the ability to be supplemented with other document types resulting in faster and more precise search queries saving the legal staff countless hours.
Finally, Acodis created an editor which allows the State Chancellery to enter and maintain metadata in order to make it accessible later in a cleaned PDF.
By creating the Retrodigital platform, the State Chancellery is able to make historical publications accessible to the public, simplify and accelerate research, and successfully pursue the digitisation of the Canton of St.Gallen in cooperation with the State Archives. With Acodis' years of experience, this project was implemented quickly and successfully and the State Chancellery now has one of the most modern research tools for legal publications.