A Busy Summer

Frontispiece from a recent project scanned at 400dpi (click for detail)

It’s been awhile since our last update to the blog. We’ve been heads-down with a lot of important digitization projects lately. About a month ago, we performed onsite scanning on a large job for a legal services company here in the Northeast. Currently, we have two large jobs in the shop. One is a 461 roll conversion of 16mm microfilm for a large utility customer in the Western US. This job includes Creekside Digital’s ultra high-quality film scanning, OCR, and PDF compression. At the same time, we’re running a 134 roll 35mm microfilmed newspaper project for a library system (also out west), which includes scanning, OCR, and creation of FullText indices to allow the library’s staff and patrons to keyword search all 134 rolls of film simultaneously. In between, of course, we’ve been running a variety of small jobs for folks all over the US and Canada: single rolls for individuals; orders which are a handful of rolls for engineering firms, hospitals, and churches; and plenty of fiche jobs for parts suppliers, school districts, and litigation service companies.

Very soon, microfiche orders will be accepted through our Small Order Form as well as rollfilm. That means that if you have a small number of sheets / jackets of microfiche (up to 1,000), you’ll be able to simply fill out the form in your browser, entering the number of sheets you have and the type of processing you need (PDF or JPG, OCR, etc.). The form will automatically calculate the exact price for you (including shipping!), and you’ll print it out and mail it to us with you fiche. We’ll process your order and send your fiche back along with a DVD of your digitized fiche images. We expect to have microfiche digitization available through the Small Order Form within the next few weeks.

Have a great 4th of July!

– Jim and the folks at Creekside Digital

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Smithsonian Mass Digitization
New feature at the DPO office: a slideshow displaying close-ups of some of the 8,000 plants from the Living Orchid Collection from Smithsonian Gardens!

Read about our project digitizing the collection at: insider.si.edu/2018/08/see-thousands-of-orchids-in-incredible-detail-in-the-smithsonians-newly-di...

On the technical size: the slideshow is running from a Raspberry Pi Zero (Github: github.com/Smithsonian/Pi-Kiosk/). One new tool we are using to display the objects from the Smithsonian collections.
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Mass digitization is ongoing with the next phase of our Smithsonian Gardens project. We are now imaging the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) which preserves and provides access to visual resources and records that document the history of gardens in America.

Primarily a photographic archive, AAG includes documentation on over 10,000 historic and contemporary gardens. Photographic formats range from antique stereographs to recent digital images. AAG’s collections document the work of landscape architects, garden designers, and garden photographers as well as a handful of seed companies.

Examples of trade literature generated by these companies in the Archives include seed catalogs with ornately illustrated covers as seen here. Soon all these digital images will be viewable in high resolution online at Smithsonian's collections.si.edu/search/
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