In Wikimedia Argentina we have been using these scanners (the ones
that you're pointing at your e-mails) since 2012.
There are a lot of technical insights I can provide about this issue
(both about what we have been doing and the scanners) if you want, but
I'll like to make some comments on the future of this project.
Right now, in the DIY Book Scanner project we've come out with a new
, that has a lot of new features (it's able to scan bigger books,
deals better with lighting, etc), but it's real novelty is that now it
comes with a control system for the whole scanner, using a Raspberry
Pi and a software called "Spreads":
, that helps to control the
cameras. We use Canon cameras with CHDK (Canon Hackers Development
Kit) to do remote & synchronized shooting. Spreads it's a software
written in Python.
Since in Wikimedia Argentina we have seven of these scanners (not all
of them are operational, btw), what I would like to do is add them the
7 raspberry pi to use it with Spreads, BUT I would like to have
someone writing some pieces of code to be able to "scan & upload":
which means, to scan your book and be able to upload it automatically
to wikimedia commons & wikisource, using the same control system,
specially with no command line interface. The idea is also to have a
Spreads server running by that time, probably to be installed in
Wikimedia Argentina office. My idea is to write this project and
present it for a IEG, so it could be really interesting if other
chapters are interested in participate and want to join us in the
I know that Wikimedia Indonesia bought one of these scanners (and
they're using it), CC Uruguay, that has a close relationship with
Wikimedia Uruguay, also bought one of these, and now Wikimedia Brazil.
Well, that's pretty much it. I can answer any questions about the DIY
Book scanners, and specially the way I see the project, GLAM and the
wikimedia movement can interact.
2014-09-07 0:26 GMT-03:00 Luiz Augusto <lugusto(a)gmail.com>om>:
You'll certainly be interested on what Wikimedia
Argentina is doing with DIY
Book Scanners .
They tried to submit a Wikimania presentation, but the team behind it's
organization simply refused the paper with no further details (sigh). At
least, you can check some interesting infos both on  and .
I'm CC'ing Evelin. She is the person behind this successful approach.
On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM, Pierre-Yves Beaudouin
Wikimedia France bought a bookscanner in June . It is not yet
operational but I've tried a similar book scanner. It is easy and very fast
2014-09-06 18:20 GMT+02:00 Carles Paredes Lanau <carlesparedes(a)gmail.com>om>:
Amical Wikimedia is examining the possibility of purchasing a
professional scanner for the digitalization of collections in local
I have seen this cheap prototype but I dunno if it's the best option:
Have anyone a professional scanner? Any chapter? Have you any
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