Friday, June 10, 2016

Scanning archival files appears feasable

At the beginning of April our new website went online, and promptly ran into snags hitches and impediments, as we noted at the time. Various folks were unhappy with us, though mostly unjustified, we feel.

In the meantime some two months have happened. Some parts of the operation are working better, others we're still working on. It's going to take at least a few more weeks to reach the point we hoped to be at in mid-April, and, truth be told, we still have many months of necessary development ahead of us (including some simple fixes that will make the English part work better). Putting the archives online is not a small event nor is it simple.

One thing we've been a bit worried by for the past four years, ever since we launched our industrial-scale scanning project, was about the quality of the scans. We're allocating a sizable chuck of our budget to this; we're scanning 75,000 pages a day give or take 30,000; there are about 70 people working on the process - and what if the quality of the scans isn't up to par? That would be sad.

Well, over the past two months we estimate people have seen thousands of scanned files, well over 100,000 scanned pages - and so far, there have been two complaints pertaining to the quality of the scans which have reached me. Upon investigation, both turned out to be of faded old documents where the scanner picked up the same illegible quality the human eye sees.

So far as we can tell at this stage, color scanning of documents can be done efficiently and also effectively. Which is an important thing to know.

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