Directory of Cambridge-based Digitization Projects
Leigh Denault and D. Palfrey
1 November 2008
From page to screen: a case study in the digitization of
Leigh Denault & Robert Watson
The decision of the British House of Lords in February 1774, in the case known as "The Question of Literary Property," was considered at the time to be an event of momentous importance in the history of bookselling, publishing, copyright, intellectual property, and ideas of authorship. The debate therefore encapsulates many of issues fundamental to the digitization project, highlighting many larger issues such as intellectual property, management of physical texts as well as the digitized document, the limitations of OCR (optical character recognition), and questions of the "completeness" of a digital archive. It also provides an excellent source for our case-study in how digitization actually works, in a nut-and-bolts demonstration of the process of taking a text “from page to screen”, or in this case, from a photocopy to a fully-searchable .pdf document.
The Question of Literary Property, 1774. The Parliamentary History of England, Vol. XVII, 1771-1774 (London, 1813), cols. 953-1003.
Note on Literary Property
Access to Archives
Project members have been considering various ways that digitization and e-resources might be harnessed in order to increase access to small archive collections located outside the major research libraries of the United States and Western Europe. One suggestion has been the scanning and digitization of guides to archival materials, often unpublished or printed in very small print-runs. Below are several reflections on such a project.
Gateway: Worldwide Archive Finding Guide
Note on the Digitization of Library and Archival Catalogues
23 July 2007