Waaaaay OT, sorry.

Gary Kline 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
> david

	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.


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