Round-the-clock scanning would occur, and ZyLAB's software was used to set up search mechanisms to identity words, even in languages where nouns change spelling based on how they're used in a sentence.\
"In Rwanda, we had a lot of audio," Cesare says. "We might have 5,000 to 10,000 victims in one day in one place."
While the wheels of justice have ground slowly, the amassed records and evidence has been used in trials that have led to many convictions of individuals held responsible for war crimes, with cases carried out in the international court in The Hague, Holland, the de facto judicial seat for the U.N.
YouTube and data archives
And when it comes to new technologies, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia just this month started using social media networks YouTube and Twitter to make its work more transparent to the public. On YouTube, it's now possible to see guilty pleas, witness testimonies and short documentaries.
De Cesare says the goal is to wrap up the work of the tribunals and the trials within two years, establishing a "legacy institution," probably in Holland, for non-confidential data, and make the material available online as well.
De Cesare says the tribunals "have fulfilled their mandate," especially in their work to refute "nationalistic claims of some people that there's wasn't genocide."
According to ZyLAB's chief strategy officer Johannes Scholtes, the goal of the ZYLAB software is to make all manner of digital media, including audio and video, searchable just as text is. One advancement the company continues to work on to perfect is what's called a "phoneme search" in which a digitized sound can be used to search in sound recordings.
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