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DIY Scanner #9
Though good scanners are available in marker, a Table Top Scanner is good.
Archive.org sells one
He is setting up public knowledge centers in india to scan public works.
Rupika, email@example.com from Punjab, India is scanning old punjabi books for a project for wikipedia.
Natkeeran, canada - For Noolaham Foundation - scans tamil books and share here - http://www.noolaham.org/wiki/index.php
Kalyan in Adambakkam, Chennai, firstname.lastname@example.org
See his video here
he followed the guides here - https://www.diybookscanner.org/
Spoke to him on this. He Donated the scanner to a college in coimbatore.
Now we need a better design for the DIY scanner, so that we can use latest technologies, easy assemble, easy disassemble, easy operation etc.
Natkeeran, email@example.com from Noolaham Foundation is checking for the designs they used to build a scanner.
Will share here, if we get better design.
Update from Carl Malamud -
The scanner we are using at the Indian Academy of Sciences is an Internet Archive "Table Top Scribe.":
The advantages of this device are several:
We can replicate some of step 2 ourselves, but it will take a bit of heavy lifting. However, there is no reason we can't reverse engineer the TT Scribe hardware.
Here are a couple of other pointers:
I see several of you are Chennai-based. I am having discussions with Brewster Kahle in January, I return to India in February. I'd like to spend a few days in Chennai discussing what it would take to start making a compatible device in India at a significantly lower cost. The camera (a Sony A6000) is about $1000, but the frame itself should be able to manufactured much less than the full cost at the Internet Archive (a system from them costs $13,000, but it is possible they will donate a few to me). Perhaps we can all meet then and plot strategy?
My goal is that in February we have developed a plan of action and then begin to execute on it over the course of 2019. I would like to see significant progress in scanning activity in Chennai, Bangalore (where things are well underway), and Mangalore (where we have a talented team on the ground as well). Would love to come to the Punjab as well. :)