Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scanning the Archives

This morning, a team of ISA staff members went down to an installation near Tel Aviv where the locals have some very impressive scanning abilities. The intention of the ISA is to launch a large-scale scanning project by the end of the year. Given the size of our collections, we can scan tens of millions of pages annually, and we'll still require decades to scan it all (assuming the day is approaching when there will be less and less new paper coming in). Still, you've got to start somewhere, and we hope to start soon.
The contraption in the picture can take very large numbers of pages, including fragile old ones, and scan them without tearing. The fellow in the background was watching the end result with very skeptical eyes, though eventually he was convinced. The fellow with the beard is the owner of the scanning company, if you're into stereotypes.

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