Historic archives given digital update with microfiche scanning

October 27th, 2016

Libraries and museums across the world store many old books, manuscripts, drawings and more for educational purposes and to inform generations to come. Since the late 1920s, microfilm and microfiche has been used to reduce these dated documents to a smaller size, preserving content and making them easier to store. As technology has progressed, Pearl Scan offers the ‘next step’ in archiving with its microfilm scanning service, digitising these microfiche and microfilm files into a digital format, providing a modern day upgrade to this conventional historic document storage solution.

While microfiche and microfilm allows for huge archives of information to be kept within a smaller area, physical space is still required to store these files in a format that will naturally deteriorate over time. Using Pearl Scan’s microfiche scanning service, vast libraries of important data can be digitised and stored virtually on a cloud-based server, freeing up more space and preserving these files in a secure and indestructible format.

Naveed Ashraf, Managing Director at Pearl Scan said, “Old texts and drawings can provide so much important information for us and generations to come, which is why it is imperative to preserve these physical formats over time. While microfiche and microfilm has proven to be effective in the past, it is not the perfect solution. I urge all libraries, museums and specialist archives that are currently using this storage process to try our Pearl Scan’s microfiche scanning service today.”

Ashraf continued, “As well as being able to store an infinite amount of files without the need for physical space, choosing to digitise microfiche documents means that more people can view the information that they store with ease. Rather than being limited to accessing the library or archive where the microfiche is stored, using a bulky desktop reader to read the text, we can convert your microfiche documents into digital files that can easily be viewed and uploaded online for instant remote access.”

Pearl Scan’s dedicated scanning bureau is equipped with the latest industry machinery, capable of scanning microfilm roll, cartridge microfilm, jacket microfiches and microfiche slides or sheets. After digitising the microfiche files these can be converted to PDF, TIFF and JPG formats. Pearl Scan also converts any file into a fully text searchable document using OCR technology, for instant retrieval of documents.