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Shredded Cold War Era Records Being Reassembled

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As reported by The Associated Press on May 9, 2007, researchers in Berlin began a pilot project Wednesday using complicated computer algorithms to reassemble millions of pieces of East German secret police files that were shredded and torn into fragments before reunification.

With the new computer technology being employed by Berlin's Frauenhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology, researchers are hopeful they will be able to put together 400 sacks in two years.

Houston, TX-based, Churchstreet Technologies, though not affiliated with this story, has been providing reconstruction of shredded paper records by combining high-speed scanning and computer software for almost four years.

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