Pocahontas Times Goes Live and BetterLight Owners Conference

Using the Pocahontas Times Digital Archives

Using the Pocahontas Times Digital Archives

Greetings!  It seems like we skipped spring and went straight to summer here in Glen Arm.  Baltimore tied the record at 98 degrees yesterday, and today will be almost that warm.

There’s a lot going on here.  We’re working on several larger microfilm scanning projects right now, with a lot of smaller microfilm and non-microfilm projects going in and out of the shop.  One of our customers, the Pocahontas County Historical Society, just published a great article about their completed project, which is a really good read.  The search mechanism to which they refer is an implementation of Adobe FullText Indexes, and it’s a great solution for inexpensive in-house keyword search capabilities without requiring any extra software (or even an Internet connection).

Also, we’re attending the annual BetterLight Owners Conference in San Carlos, CA this week . . . pretty much the center of the universe for all things related to digital scanning backs!  Of course, Creekside Digital has a BetterLight Super 8K system which we use for the imaging of cultural heritage projects as well as for our high-quality fine art reproduction services.

More soon!

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We're super-pleased to be part of this important project! This work is being performed to the #FADGI 4-Star specifications -- the highest level of quality possible under the Federal guidelines for the #digitization of cultural heritage materials. ... See MoreSee Less

The pilot project with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum continues and we're blowing away our projected results! The NPM object handling team has really come together, the Smithsonian team behind the scenes supporting our virtual workflow has helped us work out the minor kinks, and our vendor Creekside Digital has graciously extended our targeted number of objects, so we're up to 1,998 objects through today already--way to go team!

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The Alexandria VCP had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum this week to see a Rapid Capture Digitization Project with the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office. The project, which is a collaboration of efforts by the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, the National Postal Museum, and Creekside Digital, will include the digitization of 1,000 sheets of postal stamps in less than a week. To view the project in person, please visit the National Postal Museum this week, September 29th through October 2nd, between 10:00am and 4:00pm for an Open House. Unable to attend the Open House? Check the project out at the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office’s website at dpo.si.edu/ and the National Postal Museum’s blog at postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2015/09/what-is-a-rapid-capture-pilot-project.html. The Alexandria staff was also honored to have a tour of the world’s largest stamp gallery by the Museum Director, Allen Kane! Allen walked the staff through the gallery, telling some of the stories behind the stamps. The staff viewed a letter that was on the Hindenburg when it caught fire, Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, and the world’s most famous stamp, the British Guiana 1c Magenta, which had been owned by John Eleuthère du Pont. Staff also tested some of the interactive displays in the exhibit and created a stamp with self-portraits! The Alexandria VCP would like to thank Allen Kane for taking time to provide such a wonderful visit!

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