Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Document Scanner Apps for iOS. “There are dozens of document scanner apps available for iOS, but most of them are junk. Our top five picks are based on great image quality, diverse formatting options, accurate text recognition, ease of use, and ample sharing options. They also offer clear privacy and security policies, plus editing and annotation features.”
NARA: Citizen Archivists Help Make Access Happen, One Scanned Record at a Time. “Citizen Archivists recently helped the National Archives and Records Administration reach a new milestone, collectively scanning their 300,000th page for inclusion in the National Archives Catalog. It’s all part of an agency-wide effort to make more records publicly accessible online.”
Natural History Museum (UK): How Lego lends a hand in digitising 300 year old Herbarium books | Digital Collections Programme. “[Sir Hans] Sloane’s collections are the founding core of the Museum’s collections and occupy a central position in its (and the British Museum’s) history. Over 300+ years since his death his natural history collections have had mixed fortunes, with many mammal, bird and reptile specimens being lost or destroyed. His plant collections survived and are still housed in the Museum today. Some of this has been digitised by the Museum using a large-format camera with a digital scanner attachment. However, some volumes were completely unsuitable for this technique and require a different approach.” Fascinating “behind the scenes” look at digitizing unusual books and the ingenuity required.
Kickstarter Corner and spotted today: a combination desk lamp and automated document scanner. Oh me oh my. “DigitEYE is a compact and extremely effective scanner that takes up less than 3 inches of desktop space. When on, it automatically scans documents placed on your desk. No technological knowledge needed, no clicking, no frustration. In less than 1 second, DigitEYE will scan, save and upload or send any document, book, or manuscript.” They’re trying to raise $100,000 and I hope they get it – I know Kickstarter’s Kickstarter but this thing looks glorious.
From Genealogy’s Star: Scanner vs. Camera or DPI, LPI, MP, and Other Acronyms for Genealogists. ‘Online’ and ‘cloud’ computing invites all genealogists to be involved in media from posting photos online to Instagram to uploading copies of documents as sources to online family trees. Scanners and digital cameras have become ubiquitous. But little is being said and even less is being written about the quality of the digital images that are being posted by the millions and billions. It has apparently been years since I have written anything about the jargon associated with the making of digital images so I thought it about time to return to this subject.”