18.387 page imaging without dismembering

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 07:40:51 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 387.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 07:30:52 +0000
         From: "Kevin Hawkins" <kshawkin_at_umich.edu>
         Subject: RE: 18.373 page imaging without dismembering?

I recommend consulting a digital preservation librarian in a research
library. Major universities are increasingly involved in the very kind of
digitization you are proposing and have hardware (such as planetary
scanners) to accomplish what you need or have relationships with
digitization vendors that do the work for them. Some (such as the
University of Michigan) even perform digitization work for a fee for other
institutions that do not have the equipment or expertise to do their own

You might look at the following to get an idea of what all might be


I'm not directly involved in this type of digitization, so there may be
better resources on the topic.

Kevin Hawkins

> Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 07:52:28 +0000
> From: Andrew Gollan <tharoth_at_gmail.com>
> >
> Dear humanists,
> I'm working up a project where we want to get hold of rather a lot of
> good legible page images from large format books printed about 100
> years ago. Are there services or equipment which can avoid the page
> distortions towards the spine, or correct same, that would allow us to
> get good enough images to consider republication on paper, web
> publication and OCR, without cutting these handsome volumes into
> pieces?
> These are lexica, notorious for font and size changes, foreign scripts
> and curious punctuation. What kind of resolution to think would be
> needed for reasonable quality reproduction? Are there high resolution
> cameras and copying stands that specifically address this kind of
> work?
> Thanks in advance,
> Andrew Gollan,
> Classics, University of Kentucky.
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