Digitization of Scientific Collections
Research sometimes involves thumbing through piles and piles of notebooks, lab books, loose paper, and file folders.
And all the while you’re thinking, “I know I saw that somewhere.” Yet, after searching for far too long and unsuccessfully, you give up.
But what if you could enter a keyword into software and have the exact original page pop up on your computer screen in milliseconds? The digitization of science collections can save you time and energy and make your research much more efficient than it otherwise could be because you will be able to find what you’re looking for quickly.
The Digitization Process
With Anderson Archival’s attention to detail and resources, our team can scan, perform OCR (optical character recognition), and word-for-word proof all of your paper resources. Once metadata is added, your documents will be organized digitally. All of the now-digital documents will then be ready for you to enter any search term into your computer, and the file you are looking for will, indeed, be retrieved in a fraction of the time it would take for you to locate the folder in the physical file cabinet or loose in a drawer.
In addition to faster and more accurate research, your documents will be backed up should the originals be lost, stolen, or damaged.
Future Research and Accountability
In the field of Science and Research, digital preservation has the added benefit of providing a clear record of facts and findings as they are recorded, providing a provable reference that can be relied upon and clearly sourced.
Because of Anderson Archival’s variety of search solutions, the preserved data can be made available to a single team, or to the world at large. This can lay the groundwork for future research, built on a solid foundation.
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