A rather disturbing statistic recently came to my attention. It would appear that only between 12 and 15% of all books, records, archives and historical corrospondence has been scanned and is available on the Internet.
So what? you may ask. The problem is this. Increasingly more researchers are using the Internet as their primary source of information. I, for one, am guilty here. This means that I am only getting 12 to 15% of the story. And not only that, but the information I am getting is only that which has been scanned by American companies, such as Google.
I am thus getting a limited and biased answer for every question I innocently type into my search engine. Scary stuff !!
What is the answer then? If we accept that all current information being produced is in digital form, then all we have to do is get rid of the backlog. How?
How about an x-ray scanner ???
We are able to scan the human body in slices a few microns thick. Why can’t we do the same with books and use OCR Software to convert it at the same time?
Picture this. A pile of books 2 metres high. An X-rays scanner above. Press a button and voila. 25 000 pages scanned, both sides, collated and saved. And the books haven’t even been opened. Next?
Quotation of the Day:
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)