Waaaaay OT, sorry.
kline at tao.thought.org
Tue Nov 29 06:51:38 GMT 2005
On Mon, Nov 28, 2005 at 10:15:06PM -0800, Vizion wrote:
> On Monday 28 November 2005 22:05, the author Gary Kline contributed to the
> dialogue on-
> Waaaaay OT, sorry.:
> > Folks,
> > This is one of my more obscure questions and involves scanning
> > not paper but something they used to store books, magazines,
> > and newspapers--before the computer age. It is called a
> > microfiche (or fiche). A friend got a copy of a rare
> > out-of-print, not-for-sale book on microfiche. We're looking
> > for some means of scanning this film into a scanner with
> > OCR. So far, he has tried a camera with 8G memory. No joy,
> > the scanner sees garbage. Anybody out there ever have anything
> > like this prob? The book is from 1913 so it is well in the
> > public domain. I've already written Google; zero response.
> > I want to get this book up on my site, fully HTML it so that
> > everybody has the opportunity to ready it ... .
> > thanks for any insights,
> > gary
> Its a long time since I have handled microfiche but my guess is you will need
> to mount your camera onto a microfiche reader or a microscope. The
> resolution of a microfiche image is really high - far higher than the camera
> you are using so I think you may need something to enlarge the image for you
> to photograph.
> my two pennorth
Microscope; that never cross my mind. I think my pal took stuff
to the main library one night and tried capturing the data from
the reader. Not very successful; I don't know the details.
(We are around 1200 miles apart.) Any ballpark SWAG what power
lens might work here? I only touched m'fiche one time ever, so
have no idea. Money is an issue since there are 400+ pages.
Gary Kline kline at thought.org www.thought.org Public service Unix
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