Thanks Steve, volunteers to help with this (scanning, etc.) are a great
idea! I guess the best thing to do is to see how many people on this
list are willing to help. There are several steps to the process of
converting a document to PDF or HTML. If anyone wants to participate,
it is not necessary to have all of the hardware or software, only one
piece of the pie is necessary.
A scanner can produce TIFF files (color or greyscale will be nice for
the magazine covers or for some of the articles with illustrations, but
it is not necessary for all).
OCR software can convert TIFF files into various formats (Word or
WordPerfect are probably the best to work with).
Word processing software can be used to clean up the OCR'd files and
WordPerfect, Adobe AcrobatPDFWriter (from a word processor) or Acrobat
Distiller (for those of you who can produce postscript output from a
word processor) can convert the files to PDF and
Word and WordPerfect can be used to convert the files to HTML where a
good HTML editor (I use HotMetal Pro 5) can be used to clean it up.
What I suggest is the following. Any other volunteers from this list
reply to this message and include an email address.
I will compile a list of volunteers and will start a new listserv for
this project. That way we will not take up too much bandwith on this
channel. We can use email to use for most of this project's workflow
and postal mail for distributing materials to be scanned.
BTW, if Steve is the only one who can participate, I am still very
pleased. The only other thing to mention is that I am in Milwaukee 5
days a week (and sometimes more) until the middle of September finishing
up a large project. I will be able to accomplish one article per week
until then (after we get started).
I think we should wait a few days to make sure that there are no serious
objections to this enterprise, then we can get going.
Steve Cavrak wrote:
> Possibly it might even be undertaken as an effort
> by more than a single individual. In any case,
> there ought to be a democratic "referendum", which
> is why I'm posting it to our list.
> Definitely more than a single individual - even
> with scanners there's a lot of work - especially
> if the font of the article is not in the modern
> font inventory (I think SftP used Times Roman,
> so it's probably not a problem.)
> It would be a good project for a "History of Science"
> course ... students could use articles for starting
> points, etc.
> Or for those of use with access to a scanner.
> Which, I guess is a way of volunteering to take
> responsibility for a year or two of articles.
> (6 issues x 32 pages = 200 pages to scan or so)
> I can also offer disk space for some time.
> What would be good is some sort of "editorial"
> group - not so much to "edit" but to verify
> scanning and possibly provide the additional
> meta-tag markup which could turn this into a
> nice electronic collection. (A good project for
> folks in a history of science program somewhere.)
> A project like this doesn't need a referendum
> as much as it needs volunteers. As Jon pointed
> out, we're not an organization, so concepts
> like voting, etc, are .... difficult to deal
> with :)
> Ciao !
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