Journals & Magazines
TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in magazine scanning, journal scanning, and book scanning, turning your collections and journals to digital.
Most journals and magazines retain an archive of print copies in the form of backlists, but paper formats can make accessing historical material a challenge. Consequently, TownsWeb Archiving offers a unique scanning and conversion process. Digital format OCR search capabilities provide a quick reference for staff, and archives, that would otherwise be incurring storage costs, are given the potential to generate revenue instead.Find out how much your project could cost
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Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We use bespoke, high-resolution flatbed scanners and a range of high-resolution cameras, offering non-contact capture of your precious journals and magazines. Our equipment can capture single page or double-page spreads 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.
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 survey 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, pages being stuck together, rips, tears and/or mould, or any other signs of damage, then recommendations are made for how to appropriately repair and stabilise the material.
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when costing your digitisation project, such as the condition of the material, whether it needs to be removed from and replaced into sleeves or envelopes, which can slow the process down. Even the resolution at which it is captured and any post processing that needs to be done can slow the process. Consequently, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to cost, but you can get a rough estimate with our digitisation calculator.
Magazines and journals are often printed on glossy or lustreless paper and, over time, this can become very thin and brittle, so care must be taken not to turn the pages too. Pages should also be digitised flat and without glare, and a glass screen and appropriate lighting can support capture. If the content of the pages are not captured clearly then this will impact any plans you might have to carry out Optical Character Recognition (OCR) later down the line. Magazine and journal collections often consist of many tens, hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of individual issues, which means it is often a slow and lengthy material to process.
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 Journals & Magazines
Digitisation places your journals & magazines 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 Journals & Magazines online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your journals & magazines 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