[Digitalarchivists] Good News

miloh miloh at froggytoad.net
Sat May 25 01:26:06 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM, newmy51 at gmail.com <newmy51 at gmail.com>wrote:

> DA-List,
> The spontaneous decision to attend today's weekly open lunch at the
> Internet Archive (hereafter referred to as IA) has born epic fruit.  We are
> being loaned the requisite equipment to be a kind of beta tester of the DIY
> kit for IA, which includes two professional Canon DSLRs plus lenses.  This
> came as a result of conversations with Robert Miller (Global Director of
> Books) and Jude Coelho (Digital Scanning Coordinator Princeton), with whom
> we'll be working closely over the coming weeks/months(/years?) to help
> streamline the DIY kit at both the hardware and software levels, since
> there appear to be a lot of loose ends on the DIYBS forum which Reetz has
> been too overwhelmed to handle (recent correspondence with Daniel revealed
> that life had been "kicking his ass" as of late).  One might suppose that
> the cost-free borrowing of 6-ish thousand dollars in hardware would be
> enough good news, but wait... there's more.
> IA will handle the vast majority of the workflow post-scanning on their
> end, as well as host the resulting files (pdf, epub, djvu, jpeg), for
> free.  These two links:
> http://archive.org/about/faqs.php#Uploading_Content
> http://archive.org/about/faqs.php#Texts_and_Books
> go into great detail on how that all works.  I'm just beginning to digest
> it all myself.  Portions of our conversation with Jason Scott (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Scott_Sadofsky) included
> mention/explanation of some of this info, along with rapid fire
> demonstrations of a dozen other righteously cool projects of his.
> This will, at some point, possibly in the very near future (ie: Tuesday),
> entail setting up a time to bring the kit to IA.  Dates aside, it will
> require a car that can gently and safely transport the scanner to and from
> IA.  Once it's back at Noisebridge, it will have at least an additional
> $6000 of equipment attached to it, which presents some new questions with
> regard to security.
I'll bring a case to noisebridge for all the equipment .  I have a huge
concert utility trunk you can store this equipment in.

> I'm currently taking up the laser engraver terminal at NB, for which there
> is a very patient gentleman waiting, so I'll leave it at that for now.
> More to come in subsequent emails, one of which will be sent to the general
> discuss list to brag to Noisebridge at large, hopefully inviting more
> collaborators and/or donations as a result.
> Overcaffeinatedly Yours,
> -Danny
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