Hi, Tom and Steve,
Just to kick this off, while I am not interested in doing much scanning,
I can heartily recommend as a minimum, the Xerox Documate 3115 scanner
as an input device.
It is strictly sheet fed, but it captures both sides in one pass -- it
has dual scan heads.
The sheet feed is pretty reliable.
There are more upscale models, but this was in the $300 or so price
range, if I recall correctly. These are made by Visioneer but marketed
under the Xerox name. I generally use 300 dpi greyscale or colour
(depending) and do run the de-moire routines in the scanner software. I
did not bother to do text capture, but that might be nice.
Last summer, my older son scanned about 11,000 pages of documents using
this for the bulk. We started with an HP5590, but its duplexing sheet
feeder is a headache in that its slow and the document goes through twice.
Doing single page scans is painful. Of course, you have to make the
decision to cut a book/magazine if you use this scanner. We have an
Epson V700 and a Brother 11x17 multifunction to handle items larger than
There are book scanners that do not require cutting, but they are
high-end, I believe. I'm not aware of any home-enthusiast type pricing.
Fucitsu ScanSnap has more of a meme about it, but it is more expensive.
HP also makes scanners of this ilk. If you're doing a real heap of this
stuff, a neat feature is the ultrasonic double-feed detector. I don't
think mine has it, but so far, so good.
I now have the Xerox scanner in the studio and do a lot of scanning of
track sheets and that type of thing to return with projects and also for
tax purposes. I don't mind doing a project on paper, though I prefer
doing a project in the computer. What I hate is when some parts of a
project are on paper and other parts are in the computer. University
applications come to mind, so all the paper-only stuff gets scanned and
deposited in the computer.
More on the scanning project here:
On 2012-02-29 2:33 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Steve:
> You can use Archive.org, but I found their interface terrible and
> inconvenient for the would-be contributor of knowledge. The end result
> I got was, all of the Audiotape Tape Recorder Directory issues that I
> had scanned ended up as one page:
> which makes it somewhat hard to sift through, although not completely
> I plan to upload more stuff like this, including scans of old
> record-company catalogs. I very much agree with and commend your
> comment about information being available to all researchers.
> Agree that ARSC would be an appropriate "mother ship" for record
> company lists, catalogs and other promotional material, as well as
> some antique playback equipment information. However, to be useful it
> would need to be curated and there would need to be standards as far
> as scan quality, etc. We've batted this around at AES and never come
> to firm conclusions, although there has been much information sharing
> and the AESHC website grows each year with more material and more
> variety of subjects. I am a strong advocate for an established decent
> quality level for scans, but I don't think they need to be works of
> art, just good resolution on images and clearly readable text.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:14 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Need for document posting place
>> I have many documents that are good source material for researchers.
>> I'd like to get some of these onto a site, preferably ARSC-hosted,
>> I have strong feelings that these and others that others may have
>> should be
>> available to all researchers.
>> The site should be vetted by an ARSC member or committee to avoid
>> perpetuation of junk data.
>> It should be available past the lifetime of those contributing
>> The recent HRS-IRCC questions can be answered from the thick files I
>> have on
>> both organizations, but I see no reason to send them around and be
>> on other's interpretations of the data when it is feasible to let all
>> the same info and cross-check. This holds true for a lot of other
>> stuff as
>> This is a project I feel is of great importance. How about it, ARSC?
>> Steve Smolian
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