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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

Our specialised overhead scanning equipment captures the entire page for bespoke, high-resolution, large-format scanning and planetary scanning. A range of high-resolution cameras offer non-contact capture of your material, turning your newspapers to digital.

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.

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Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]