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Digitisation Services
DIGITISATION
Newspapers
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Newspapers

TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in newspaper scanning and in helping libraries and societies preserve and protect their valuable historical records.

Digitisation not only protects material from loss or damage but when digitised to PDF, TownsWeb can also perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing, making the articles within those publications fully searchable. OCR allows genealogical researchers to search newspapers (by word or phrase) making your material more widely accessible.

Historically newspapers were digitised to microfilm or microfiche format, which is not easy to access. TownsWeb can work with both the original newspapers, film copies or a mixture of both.

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Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions

We use bespoke, high-resolution planetary scanners and a range of high-resolution cameras, offering non-contact capture of your delicate newspaper collections. 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, torn pages, and/or mould, or any other signs of damage, then recommendations are made for how to repair and stabilise the content appropriately.

There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when costing your digitisation project, such as:

  • Fragility
  • Pre-existing damage
  • Scale of the collection
  • Consequently, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to cost, but you can get a rough estimate using our digitisation quote calculator below.

Newspapers are a delicate material to begin with and unsuitable storage conditions, handling, and time only serves to make them more fragile, so care must be taken not to turn the pages too quickly. The pages must also be digitised on a flat surface and without heat producing lighting. 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. Every single page needs to be turned by hand and newspaper 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.

Bound Volume Digitisation Quote Calculator

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 Newspapers

Digitisation places your newspapers 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 Newspapers online

PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your newspapers ​online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with: