Begun in 2008, this initiative involves the preservation, through creation of high-quality digital images, of more than 17 million deteriorating records currently held on older media including microfilm, microfiche and paper. Additionally, the project is creating a searchable electronic index of all digitized documents. These records date from 1859 to the present.
When the replacement of the agency's document recording software is implemented at the end of 2013, the converted documents from the Records Imaging Initiative will become searchable online.
Documents are being digitized in yearly batches, going backward in time until all recorded documents from the present back to 1859 are in digital form. A statistical sampling of all digital images created are visually inspected by trained Clerk and Recorder staff members for quality control, in order to make sure all images are completed accurately and have a high degree of readability.