Search and Displace is developing a workflow and toolchain which tries to address the problem of mass search and displacement for document content where the original documents are in a range of forms, including a wide variety of digital document formats, both binary and more modern compressed XML forms, but also encompassing older documents where the only surviving form is printed or even (eventually!) handwritten.
We are using the term "displacement", and hence the name Search and Displace, to encompass actions taken on the discovered content that are beyond straight replacement, including content tagging and redaction, as well as more complex contextual and user-refined replacement on an iterative basis. The toolchain is being built to be server/cloud based with documents uploaded as needed, on either an individual or bulk upload basis, and the whole thing constructed in a modular fashion so that deployments cand deploy and/or modify only the parts needed, and also allow replacement of modules with faster/more functional ones over time.
There is a demo server of the latest functional code. Liable to be updated at zero notice, but otherwise have fun.
This initial work on the Search and Displace project is being funded by the NLnet Foundation. Since 1997 the NLnet foundation (after its historical contribution to the early internet in Europe) has been financially supporting organizations and people that contribute to an open information society. It funds those with ideas to fix the internet.
Moorcrofts are a lean and dynamic legal firm, active in all areas of business law, with a high profile in the open source world. For over 20 years they have applied creative thinking, pragmatism and commercial sense to provide their clients with legal advice and guidance to help them make the most of business opportunities, contend with challenges and manage risk. They are contributing in various areas to the Search and Displace project, including developing the test case material.
Providing a range of technical services via resellers like CP1, from custom development to systems administration, newroco is a Romanian tech company based in Iași. The newroco team will be providing techincal resource to get Search and Displace functional, and hopefully a full v1 release (likely if there are some other contributors).
The first user and contributor, Contrai are a legal tech startup who plan to use Search and Displace to prepare documents for AI learning purposes.
CP1 Associates provide holistic systems consultancy, with a strong preference for open source technology (reduced lock-in = reduced total cost of product and project). For the Search and Displace project CP1 undertook the initial technical research and architecture, and will continue to be involved in those areas while providing a mix of project management and community developemnt.