The Process: How do we do it?
The process of producing an Archive
CD Book publication is a multi stage one, involving a lot of thought and
planning. The following will give you an idea of the main stages involved
in this process:
Our first task is to select a book
or series of books that you might find useful in your research. Once this
has been done we need to be sure that the books are suitable for handling,
so the library's conservators will check and make sure that this is the
Once a title has been approved for
publication it has first to be digitally imaged. This is done using a Bookeye
© A2 Colour Scanner. The Bookeye is not really a scanner, but uses
a Planetary camera and has its own light source which emits little heat
or no harmful infrared and ultra-violet light (cold lamps). This is ideal
when scanning old books that can be damaged easily. All our scanning is
supervised by trained archivists to ensure the books are handled correctly,
and no strain is placed on the binding.
Bookeye © scanner in operation.
Once imaging is complete we have
a complete set of preservation images. The images are usually done at 300
DPI and in greyscale, which allows for better production of the finished
publication. When necessary scans can also be done in colour.
Making the books searchable
The digital images are then run
through an OCR process. This Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows
the finished publication to be searchable. After the OCR process bi-tonal
versions of the images are converted to a PDF format where individual sections
are bookmarked and page numbering is arranged.
Completing the publication
Whatever supporting text necessary
is added, CD cover designs are created, and you have your finished publication
ready for replication. At Archive CD Books Ireland we replicate on
demand. In other words when we receive an order from you we copy the publication
to CD-ROM, print a label on the cover, and print the jewel case cover.
This way we donít need to keep any stock, and can reduce all costs to you