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Charters are the contracts of the Middle Ages: records of all kinds of agreements and legal acts, in most cases written on parchment, often with one or more seals. These agreements date even from of the beginning of the Middle Ages.

The digitalization of archives


Before we start the digitization process, we inventory the collection. We discuss the wishes and requirements in detail. We involve our specialists in the process, all of whom provide their input based on their respective disciplines.

2Project plan

After making inventory, we draw up a project plan tailored to the project at hand. Each project is different and so is every project plan. This will be done in consultation with the client.


After the approval of both parties, we will start digitizing. GMS supervises the digitization by doing either a random check or a 1:1 check. GMS has developed an integrated checking procedure to prevent the occurrence of digitization errors.


The digitized files will be edited and incorporated in a report according to the wishes and requirements of the client. The source materials will be returned on the agreed-upon date together with the digitized files.


Charters represent a significant cultural and historical value. These are documents dating from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. In most cases the text is written on parchment, with one or more seals. Charters often have large dimensions and are stored in special cabinets.

The vulnerable seals and parchment require that digitization be done with surgical precision. This is precision not only in terms of image quality, but also in the manner of handling the charters. This awareness is something that our specialists have like no one else, thereby giving us the right to call ourselves specialists.

Digitizing on site

Because of the vulnerability of the charters we often digitize charters at the customer’s location. As a result, we do not have to take the charters out of the repository. We gather our own equipment and specialists and come to digitize at your location. This is what we call service.