Diaries & Minute Books
TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in book scanning and the heritage scanning of bound volumes, to include diaries and minute books.
We are able to scan and digitise old, fragile, and rare books of practically any size, creating output formats in TIFF, JPEG (JPEG2000), PDF (PDFA), or any other industry-standard image format you may require. We can also create further surrogate files, such as OCR’d multi-page PDFs, MS Word and eBooks.Find out how much your project could cost
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TownsWeb Archiving have proved very able and extremely helpful in supporting us to bring a local heritage alive for local people. We would certainly recommend TownsWeb Archiving to other libraries, museums and archives.
Exhibition and Display Officer
We are delighted with the results. Without TownsWeb Archiving’s services we could not have completed the work in time and on budget. Their staff have been nothing but approachable, helpful and attentive and I can strongly recommend their services.
Head of Digital
TownsWeb offered us a complete end-to-end service, from scanning and transcription, to web design and content management software. Their work was completed quickly and to a high standard, and we are extremely pleased with the results.
Information & Archives Officer
Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
TownsWeb use bespoke, high resolution flatbed scanners, as well as book scanners with self-compensating book cradles, to support delicate volumes throughout the digitisation process, and we have a range of high-resolution cameras offering non-contact capture of your diaries and minute books.
All files are captured by our highly trained digitisation technicians using overhead, daylight balanced, non-heat producing lighting, before undergoing a formal quality assurance checking procedure. The final step in the process is the delivery of your electronic files by hard drive.
As standard, TWA suvey all material prior to any digitisation project being carried out, to ensure that it can withstand the scanning process. If there is evidence of fragility, brittleness, and/or mould, or any other signs of damage, then recommendations are made for how to repair and stabilise appropriately.
Binding can be a challenge for any bound book, causing curvature along the gutter between the pages, distorting scans and casting shadows. The thicker the volume the bigger the issue, impacting on any plans you might have to carry out Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in the future.
Through the combined use of adjustable book cradles and low pressure glass screens, the pages of bound volumes can be flattened more easily and effectively, without causing stress. This ensures that the gutter remains illuminated and distortion free.
Calculate the cost of digitising your bound volume collections
Simply input your specifications into the FREE digitisation quote calculator below, to get an estimate of how much your project might cost. The prices quoted are indicative for your material quantity and type but are subject to any additional costs such as file naming, folder naming and any post-processing requirements you may have.
If you don’t see your specific material listed it might be that your content is more suited to an informal chat.
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Important Note: We charge a standard £500 project set-up and management fee in addition to the cost of digitisation.
Capture the data within your Diaries & Minute Books
Digitisation places your diaries & minute books in the perfect format to capture the valuable data contained within them, offering great potential for system integration and online access and discovery.
Capture the data within your collection with optical character recognition, identifying typed text within images and converting this to searchable metadata through a process of scanning, using the latest specialist software. We can also carry out any preprocessing measures necessary to get the very best results, outputting to any format you may require.Learn more about Optical Character Recognition
Publish your Diaries & Minute Books online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your diaries & minute books online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with:
- Page Turning: Offering a smooth and elegant ‘real feel’ experience
- Volume and Page Metadata: Assigning attributes to create an efficient collection structure
- High Resolution Zoom: Revealing every minute detail through large scale manipulation
- Keyword Search & Advanced Filters: Creating numerous deep dive opportunities into your collections