Digitization, conversion, hosting, and value-added services
Today’s students and faculty increasingly expect access to all the library’s resources online at all hours of the day. It’s in the DNA of libraries to provide their researchers with the best and most extensive access to information, but the nature of print or microform collections limits access to researchers unable to visit the library during open hours.
In today’s challenging environment, there is even greater pressure to support online learning and research. Digitizing your unique collections will help connect critical resources with the many researchers, faculty and students that are still unable to access physical library resources due to COVID-19.
Partner with East View to convert materials currently in hard-to-use (microform) or deteriorating physical formats into digital resources accessible from any authenticated location 24/7. At East View we understand that each project is unique. Our library consultants will work with you to provide the appropriate level of solutions. We offer a full range of services for digital conversion and hosting, including:
Need to OCR Arabic? Have a collection with both simplified and traditional Chinese characters? Working with Church Slavonic? East View has the expertise to create the best solution for your needs.
When you work with East View to digitize your collections you are getting so much more than just scanning services. We can handle the entire digitization, conversion and hosting process, consulting with you every step of the way to make sure the end product is customized to suit the exact needs of your collection.
What’s more, beyond commonly-collected language collections, East View has over 25 years’ experience working with area studies materials — we understand the challenges that come with working with non-Roman scripts, we know which platforms work best for different languages, and we can help you navigate the options to create a resource that meets your goals for scholarship and your collection. This is expertise that not many other outfits can match.
East View has worked with a variety of institutions on digital conversion/hosting projects. These include university libraries such as: Stanford, the University of North Carolina, the University of Kansas, the University of Wisconsin, and St. Olaf College. We’ve also worked with large organizations such as state archives (Kyiv Oblast Archive, Rosarkhiv of Russia), publishers (Cambridge University Press), the Center for Research Libraries (Slavic and East European Materials Project), and others (the George C. Marshall Center, the Soros Foundation). In all cases, original primary documents are treated with the utmost care to make sure that rare, fragile, or one-of-a-kind items are preserved intact wherever possible.
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East View’s Global Press Archive® (GPA) is a groundbreaking program to create the most comprehensive collection of digital news sources from around the world. With GPA, East View has digitized thousands of newspapers from around the world in many languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The program is currently digitizing over 2.5 million pages a year, including commercial titles, Open Access collections and custom digitization. As a result of this program, East View has developed the expertise and costing models to effectively and efficiently support your digitization project. With a streamlined, cloud-based workflow to support digitization of over 200,000 pages per month, East View can quickly deliver on your project.
Newspaper digitization is extremely challenging. The source material, intended to be disposed of shortly after being read, is a challenge to preserve. Libraries sporadically collected material beyond the large dailies. Varying font-sizes in numerous columns laid out in inconsistent patterns confuses OCR engines.
East View has the expertise to digitize from microfilm and print holdings using consistent standards modeled on the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program standards. All pages are outputted as archival TIFF images, JPEG2000, METS/ALTO XML and Searchable PDFs to support digital preservation, platformization, and text and data mining. This allows for long-term interoperable uses.
The standard platform for digitization projects is the East View GPA platform, which was designed specifically for academic research of newspaper content and is cross-searchable with other key GPA collections and standalone titles. The platform can support any language and various delivery models including Open Access and IP range-based institutional access. It features a modern, intuitive interface that offers users numerous tools to get the most out of your collection. A number of these features are highlighted below.
Collection Landing Page
East View partnered with the Center for Research Library to accelerate the digitization of newspapers in member collections. The GPA CRL Alliance will ultimately digitize 4.5 million pages spread across nine unique collections selected by CRL advisors (including six Open Access collections). In addition to these collections, the GPA CRL Alliance program also supports CRL member institutions with discounts on commercial GPA products and custom digitization projects. CRL members that choose to do custom digitization with East View enjoy additional value as the standard platform UI for digitization projects matches the UI of the CRL-wide and Open Access collections and can live on the same search platform. Contact your East View representative for more information on the digitization process and available discounts.