moderated Re: WRP's new Southern Railway book
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Since I don't actually know the answer...is there a process in place to just go ahead and do a blanket digital scan of everything in the Archives into a computer? Tied to that, are scans being ran through OCR software to allow the scans's individual words to be searchable? This would probably help the research phase of things big time.
I ask as scanning would open the door for a few things:
1. Redundancy of the Archives' Contents in case of fire, theft, lawsuit, etc.
2. Preservation of any documents that contain paper that has extremely aged, damaged, etc. and its lifespan is limited.
3. Opens up the ability for many more folks to organize, catalog, research, and write articles for the SRHA, etc. by removing the geographic requirement of needing to live near or visit Chattanooga.
4. As previously mentioned, if OCR'ed, this would make far easier to search key words in the text of all of the documents.
Just a question and a thought.
On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 9:36 AM George Eichelberger <geichelberger@...> wrote: