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Case Studies at Panjab Digital Library
The following section includes case studies, ranging from building a theoretical understanding of how a digitization project is run to the actual ability to formulate, implement and evaluate a small pilot program or a full-fledged digitization project. Some sections may deal with only a part of the complete process and the issues related to it, while others may present you with a consolidated view of all the aspects that constitute a complete and effective digitization program. Each case study focuses on certain distinct areas that are peculiars to that particular project and explores their pros and cons. This will help the readers to see what works best in a particular situation or environment, thus making them more equipped in decision making. In these case studies beginners will find enough information and guidelines to help them plan or initiate a digitization program.

Case studies are not meant to me implemented exactly as they are explained. They are simply meant to provide information and a wider framework in which a project may be executed. Each environment and project affects the approach and may vary from the other drastically depending on its scope. Readers are requested to use their own wisdom while extracting information that serves their purpose best and is relevant to their particular needs and working environment.
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An OCR Case Study
Eileen Gifford Fenton JSTOR, University of Michigan
Optical character recognition, or OCR, is the process that converts the text of a printed page to a digital file. This is accomplished by using an OCR software package to process a digital image of the printed page. The software first analyzes the layout of text on the page and divides the text into zones that usually correspond approximately ...
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Cooperative Imaging: Scans Well with Others
Steven D. Smith, Amigos Library Services, Inc.
Digital imaging technology can assist libraries, archives, and museums in achieving a level of cooperation never before possible. Institutions traditionally have cooperated in filling voids within local collections --microfilming archives and offering them for sale, supplying missing journal issues, and, most obviously, participating in interlibrary ...
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Digitization of Maps and Other Oversize Documents
Janet Gertz Columbia University Libraries
Even the mechanics of scanning are affected. Many flatbed scanners have size limitations and cannot handle large maps. Scanning may require film intermediaries such as 4x5 transparencies or single-frame microfiche, where the original object fills the body of the microfiche. Thirty-five mm slides are too small to fully capture details ...
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Working with Microfilm
Paul Conway Yale University Library
Preservation microfilm can be an excellent source-medium for digital conversion projects if certain caveats are taken into consideration. This section describes what librarians and archivists need to know about working with existing microfilm to produce high-quality digital images that can be displayed as images and/or processed ...
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Working with Photographs
Franziska Frey, Image Permanence Institute
The materials that make up photographs are not chemically stable. These materials include silver or dyes as image-forming materials; paper, celluloid, or other plastics as base materials; and gelatin, albumen, or collodion as binders. Environmental influences such as light, chemical agents, heat, humidity, and storage conditions ...
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Working with Printed Text and Manuscripts
Stephen Chapman, Harvard University Library
Look at the growing body of network-accessible books, journals, and archives from cultural institutions and commercial publishers and you will discover that electronic text is not all alike. Some collections are searchable, others are not; some have highquality color reproductions, others limit their content to black-and-white (1-bit) images...

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