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  • Robert Mela
    I m interested in scanning local libraries historical maps of Medford and surrounding areas. Does anyone have experience with or heard about any really good
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 17 8:32 AM
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      I'm interested in scanning local libraries' historical maps of Medford
      and surrounding areas. Does anyone have experience with or heard about
      any really good document scanning services willing to do on-site work at
      a reasonable price? If not I'll just hit the yellow pages, but that
      feels kinda like a crap shoot.

      Or, what the heck -- does anyone have the right equipment I could
      borrow? ( I'm guessing a really big scanner or a hi-res digital camera
      on a precision mount ).

      I'll be paying for this out of my own pocket, so cost is a factor
      (cc'ing MysticCrossing because high geek factor there )

      Thanks in advance.
    • Jon Niehof
      ... I used to work for a document management company. On-site work was not the sort of thing that one would pay for out of one s own pocket as a hobby. ...
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 17 9:53 AM
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        > I'm interested in scanning local libraries' historical maps of
        > Medford and surrounding areas. Does anyone have experience
        > with or heard about any really good document scanning services
        > willing to do on-site work at a reasonable price? If not I'll
        > just hit the yellow pages, but that feels kinda like a crap
        > shoot.

        I used to work for a document management company. On-site work
        was not the sort of thing that one would pay for out of one's
        own pocket as a hobby.

        > Or, what the heck -- does anyone have the right equipment I
        > could borrow? ( I'm guessing a really big scanner or a
        hi-res
        > digital camera on a precision mount ).

        Digital camera probably wouldn't be good enough. There has been
        some discussion among the Project Gutenberg Distributed
        Proofreaders and consensus is that, at this point, the results
        from the best cameras get barely OCR-able text. I can't imagine
        a map would be accurately reproduced.

        You're probably looking for an "orbital scanner" or "planetary
        scanner," where the picture-taking equipment is above the
        material on a rigid mount. It's similar in principle to the
        digicam idea but much less chewing-gum-and-baling-wire.
        Sheet-feed large format scanners probably aren't appropriate for
        historical maps.



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      • Robert Mela
        Ugh. Orbital -- Minolta PS7000 and BookEye -- both run about $15k and can only handle about 17 x23 Wide-format sheet-feed scanners are similarly pricey. I m
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 17 11:35 AM
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          Ugh. Orbital -- Minolta PS7000 and BookEye -- both run about $15k and
          can only handle about 17"x23"

          Wide-format sheet-feed scanners are similarly pricey.

          I'm starting to think hack -- a flatbed scanner & something like enblend
          ( http://enblend.sourceforge.net/ )

          Jon Niehof wrote:

          >I used to work for a document management company. On-site work
          >was not the sort of thing that one would pay for out of one's
          >own pocket as a hobby.
          >
          >
          >Digital camera probably wouldn't be good enough. There has been
          >some discussion among the Project Gutenberg Distributed
          >Proofreaders and consensus is that, at this point, the results
          >from the best cameras get barely OCR-able text. I can't imagine
          >a map would be accurately reproduced.
          >
          >You're probably looking for an "orbital scanner" or "planetary
          >scanner," where the picture-taking equipment is above the
          >material on a rigid mount. It's similar in principle to the
          >digicam idea but much less chewing-gum-and-baling-wire.
          >Sheet-feed large format scanners probably aren't appropriate for
          >historical maps.
          >
          >
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