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Digitise a book in 15 minutes!

JISC recently met with representatives of QIDENUS TECHNOLOGIES, who are prototyping new robotic book scanning technologies.

QiScan RBSpro scanner

QiScan RBSpro is a fully automated robotic scanner that uses a robotic rubber “finger”, and no suction technologies, to turn the pages of a book. The “finger” senses the type of paper and the machine sets the right angle for handling the paper. The scanner has been successfully tested with 15th and 16th century books.

Key advantages of this new scanner, QUIDENUS say, are more efficiency in the workflow and lower labour costs, as one operator can work on up to five machines at the same time. Capture and post-processing activities, such as OCR, are very speedy and the scanner is said to produce a digitised and searchable book in 15 minutes!

To see for yourself, you can attend the event at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München on 18-20 June 2008 , where QUIDENUS will be demonstrating their new products next to their competitors.

By Paola Marchionni

I work as Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC and am responsible, together with my colleague Alastair Dunning, for the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects that have been funded under the JISC Phase 2 Digitisation programme spanning 2007-2009. In addition, I lead on programme evaluation and programme support activities such as workshops and events, and work closely with the Communications and Marketing team.

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