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Microfiche, Microfilm Scanning Made Easy - Convert Microfiche To Digital
Only a few decades ago, archivists, librarians, and historians used the cutting-edge technology of microfilm, and then microfiche, to record and preserve vast amounts of information for coming generations. Now, in this digital generation, we’ve found new ways of keeping large information files safe and accessible. Only, what are we going to do about all that information stored on microfiche and microfilm?
Our Microfiche and microfilm scanning service bring data collections to the modern age by converting them to a digital format. eRecordsUsa is a leading provider of microfilm scanning services in San Francisco CA.
What is Microfilm & Microfiche Scanning?
For over a century, those in charge of recording and maintaining large amounts of data have relied on a couple of different technologies to store and retrieve that information: microfilm and microfiche. Both of these platforms involve making miniaturized photographic images, maintaining the files, and retrieving them with special viewing machines. Microfiche and microfilm have each been characterized as long-lasting forms of stable preservation for information. It is frequently estimated that the film and the cards on which their information is recorded can last for hundreds of years.
Over time, however, a couple of concerns have arisen about these forms of preserving large, important troves of information. The first issue has to do with the actual preservation of the data. Preserving the film used for these technologies requires extremely rigorous attention to the environment in which they are kept. You can’t just stick microfilm in a metal filing cabinet and expect to retrieve it in functional condition in 50 years, let alone 500. Making certain that these photographic records are properly preserved will require perpetual oversight.
The second issue has to do with technological abandonment. For instance, when was the last time you listened to an eight-track tape? As merciless as musical recording technology has been to eight-tracks, cassettes, and now CDs, technological advances in file storage has been even more ruthless. When was the last time you used an eight-inch floppy disk? More importantly, how would you access an old floppy disk? The idea is that technological advances bypass and then forget previous technological advances they have surpassed.
That brings us to the concept of microfilm and microfiche scanning. This type of computerized scanning is a way of rapidly converting microfilm and microfiche data into digital data which can then be stored and preserved in other, more robust formats.
Types of Microfilm & Microfiche
Microfilm was actually created in the 1880s. Overtime the technology of creating, preserving, and accessing microfilm drastically improved. However, 140 years of developments have left a hodgepodge of different types of microfilm. Microfilm is typically kept on rolls or in film canisters. It comes in 16 or 35-millimeter rolls that can have a single row of images (simplex) or a double row of images (duplex). Sometimes the images are positive, like photographs, and sometimes they are negative, like x-rays. And sometimes, though not always, the microfilm is blipped, which is to say that little rectangles run along the edges of the film to help viewers keep track of where they are on the roll.
To view the images on microfilm, you need a microfilm reader. This is a device that enlarges the microscopic image of the film to at least 100% of the image’s original size. Microfilm readers, like the film itself, have gone through several generations of changes. Few microfilm readers are capable of enlarging every type of microfilm.
Rather than being stored on a roll or a cassette like microfilm, microfiche is a rectangular sheet that has the same sort of microscopic images that have been cut into strips and placed in sleeves that run across the sheet. Again, there is no uniformity to this process as the size of the sheets and the number of images per sheet can vary. Just as with microfilm, images on a sheet may be positive, they may be negative, or they may be mixed.
Microfiche readers are more uniform in their function. Instead of a roll that must be maneuvered back and forth, the microfiche reader can scan across the entire field of sheet.
Microfilm & Microfiche Conversion Process
As you can imagine, the idea of scanning individual images from microfiche or microfilm onto a computer where they can be cataloged and accessed would be an endless endeavor. To assist with an effort like that, special equipment is required.
Fortunately, technology has kept pace with the need to render microform—that is, microfiche and microfilm platforms—into digital formats. Computerized readers with the ability to determine what sort of image is before them are in use, to scan and capture that image, and to save it in digital format for whenever it is needed in the future. As the images are captured, they are simultaneously cataloged to allow easy access to the files.
Today’s microform scanners can recognize and correct distorted or corrupted film images. This means the computer is automatically restoring the image to its original quality. Left unscanned, faulty microfilm and microfiche images will continue to deteriorate.
Why Should I Convert My Microfiche and Microfilm to Digital Files?
Documents, records, reports, statistical information, manuscripts, and the like are placed on microform because they are regarded as valuable. If you, as a manager or an administrator, an archivist or a teacher, a researcher or a historian, believe that the information stored on microfiche and microfilm is important, then you should consider scanning the film and converting it to digital files with multiple copies saved in the cloud and external locations as well.
Consider that, at present, if you have important data stored on microform, you very likely have only one copy of that data. If it’s lost, it’s perpetually lost. If, on the other hand, you decide to scan your microfilm and microfiche files and save them digitally, you’ll always at least have a backup copy, just in case the film doesn’t last for 500 years.
Benefits of Scanning Your Microfiche and Microfilm
There are many worthwhile benefits you will accrue by deciding to scan and preserve your microform data. Here, we’ve compiled a partial list for you to review and consider:
- You’ll have peace of mind knowing that there are multiple backups for your data.
- You’ll have the ability to select out and share any data you wish from those archives by using your searchable catalog.
- The data you’re looking for can be summoned up instantly.
- You’ll save money, time, and concern, with your old microform files stored away in a safe place, because you won’t need to access the microforms to get the information you need.
- Multiple individuals can access the information you’ve scanned simultaneously.
- There will be more space in the office with the microfiche reader tucked into the storage closet.
Perhaps the single biggest benefit is one that bears repeating. Once you have scanned and digitized your files, you won’t have to resort to waiting your turn at the microfilm reader, hunting and hunting for that one piece of information you need. Instead, it will instantly appear on your computer monitor when you summon it up.
Microfilm and microfiche were wonderfully useful necessities. In this age of high-speed digital scanning, cloud storage, and the instantaneous transfer of data, microform can step aside and allow the next technological generation to get to work recording and preserving the data that is so important to us.
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