With all the publicity surrounding cost overruns surrounding the 2010 U.S. Census, it’s good to hear that Lockheed Martin has completed the Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS) contract on scheudle and under budget. “Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] made its final set of deliveries for the population count—which included data from more than 165 million 2010 Census forms—to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said a recent press release.
The release touts the delivery as the culmination of a six-year effort, which was covered extensively in DIR. Here’s a story we did in Feb. of this year when things were about to go live. It dicusses the deployment of some 45 IBML ImageTrac IV scanners at three sites, which were used to scan the forms in color. The 2010 Census marked the second time, image-based data collection technology was used. And it seems like a smashing success, especially when compared to alternative data collection technologies like mobile computing, which was tried and failed this time around–accounting for an increase in the number for forms handled by DRIS.
We also expect digital images to be accepted by NARA this year for the first time, for long-term archiving, saving millions in microfilm costs.