Digital document restoration is a process that allows your manuscripts and records to be viewed with their original quality without further compromising the condition of the physical material. The process of restoring a document digitally includes a range of variables dependent on the condition of the document and the desired final image quality…
Not sure if digitization is right for your collection because you can’t or don’t want to share it with the world? Don’t dismiss the idea too quickly. Just because your collection is private doesn’t mean it wouldn’t benefit from digitization.
Once the planning, scanning, and OCR are done, you will have in your possession a full digital library. What will you do with it? Whether you want to make a public or private collection, whether you intend to monetize the collection or make it free access, there are many benefits to sharing your collection online…
Have you ever seen a copy of the Declaration of Independence in an online collection like the one provided by the National Archives? You can click on it, zoom in, and study the document in detail. If the document has been through the optical character recognition process (OCR), you can search the document for keywords or whole phrases. That is the result of digitizing historical documents…
How you use and maintain your collection over time is just as important to the longevity of your documents. Overhandling or inappropriate display conditions can accelerate deterioration of paper documents, but with the right knowledge and care, proper preservation is possible.
How should I preserve my documents digitally? And how can I make my collection shareable online?
A digital library is any collection of documents that has been digitally preserved and is accessible on the internet or through software. A digital library may contain manuscripts, newspapers, books, journals, images, audio, and video….
Scanning is the process of creating a digital image of a physical original. The type of scanner, and the scanning method itself, is as variable as the type of document being scanned….
Optical character recognition (OCR) technology allows for the conversion of scanned documents and images into a layer of text while maintaining the original image. The extracted text layer is embedded in the original image, adding searchability and research functionality.
Whether the problem is as simple as a family photo album starting to yellow or as complicated as an crumbling sheet of aged parchment, collectors and conservators often come to the same question: What is the best way to preserve historical documents in storage?
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