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Nice Document, Einstein

From time to time, I like to feature some interesting scanning projects, and this one certainly qualifies. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has put more than 2,000 of Albert Einstein’s documents online for anyone to view. There are manuscripts (including one of only three manuscripts containing e=mc2), letters from his personal life, his Nobel Prize, […]

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See The Dead Sea Scrolls From Your Computer

From time to time, I like to feature interesting scanning projects here on DocumentSnap, and it is pretty difficult to find one more interesting than this. I’m going to guess that you have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but if not, here is what Wikipedia has to say: The Dead Sea Scrolls are a […]

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The British Library iPad App Takes You To The 19th Century

In the Spring, the CEO of GoDaddy upset a lot of people when he went on an elephant hunting trip. This reaction would have seemed pretty strange to the public back in 1871, when Queen Victoria’s second son Prince Alfred went on a 5 week long trip through Ceylon (aka Sri Lanka). This trip was […]

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OCR and Monks

Longtime readers will know that I am a sucker for stories of interesting scanning projects. This case study from the ABBYY Newsletter is no exception. It seems that some monks at the St. Gregory Palamas Monastery had a problem: “We have a number of printed documents in polytonic Greek that we needed to convert into […]

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Papers Of The US War Department

Back in 1799, George Washington wrote a letter complaining that he was short-changed on his expense claim. In fact, “the expenses he incurred during his recent trip to Philadelphia were more than the pay and emoluments that he received from the government and even exceed another month’s pay and emoluments.” How do I know this? […]

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JFK Library Brings History Online

Being Canadian and all I am not exactly an expert on US history, but my understanding is that there was a President that was slightly popular at one time with the initials JFK. Since I am always fascinated by interesting scanning projects, I took notice of the huge Access To A Legacy project at the […]

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OCR And Orphan Works

As I have written about before, I always find it fascinating to read about different scanning projects, especially when it comes to scanning old stuff. Over at the GalleyCat blog, Jason Boog writes about using Optical Character Recognition software to dig through orphan works. What the heck are “orphan works”? I didn’t know either. According […]

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Bletchley Park Putting History Online

So you think you have a big scanning project to do. Ever since reading the books Cryptonomicon and Enigma, I’ve been fascinated with the story of Bletchley Park, the site of British codebreaking activities during World War II. Of course like many important historic sites, it has suffered from years of financial neglect and has […]

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