New addition to the digitisation team
The digitisation team in the Research Centre recently welcomed a new member to our scanning family. Currently our small team is responsible for all of the imaging of Research Centre items which go out to the web. This includes the Reports of Proceedings and Anzac Connections project. Up until now the images have been scanned using only flatbed scanners and a wide format map scanner.
These machines limited the type of material we could scan to be either loosely bound or flat items. To expand the range of material we can scan, we have purchased a SMA Scanmaster 1.
It can scan A1-sized items at 600 dpi in just 11 seconds, and items as heavy as 50kg and with spines as large as 35 cm.
The main benefit of this new scanner is the ability to scan tightly bound items such as Ca ne fait rien, a handwritten and illustrated journal of the 6th Battalion whilst serving in France during the First World War.
This machine will open up the options we have for scanning material, and increase our ability to publish more stories from our varied collection.