shrug-l: Scanner Needed

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Mon Nov 10 10:21:53 EST 2008

I know HP's is between $15,000 to $20,000. I think Cannon has some that
are about half that price. 


Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
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From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of millakat
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:21 AM
To: 'Sykes, John'; shrug-L at
Subject: RE: shrug-l: Scanner Needed


How much does a good large format scanner cost?


From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Sykes, John
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 9:43 AM
To: shrug-L at
Subject: shrug-l: Scanner Needed



Recently I travelled over to the State Library to investigate antique
maps of the Pensacola area.  To my chagrin, I discovered that the State
Library has some 3,000 maps dating back as far as 1585!  Of those 3,000
maps only about 1,000 have ever been scanned so that they are available
for outside use.

The problem is that the library had formerly sent maps out to be scanned
when an electronic copy was requested.  They did this until one of their
valuable maps was lost or damaged (the people I talked to weren't sure
which), whereupon the State Librarian decided not to allow the maps out
of the Gray Building in the future.

These maps are extremely valuable, hence that fiat.  The State Archives
(collocated with the library in the R.A. Gray Building) has an 11 x 17
scanner, which does not help for scanning maps that are up to 36 x 40
inches or larger and may be quite fragile.  Those maps that have been
scanned are available online as TIFFs, PDFs and JPGs.  I have
successfully imported some of these antique maps into ArcInfo and
georeferenced them to current maps and/or aerial photos.  In fact, one
of these maps, from 1906, is still the legal basis for the parcels in
the city of Pensacola!  These maps give the GIS community a great asset
when available.

Since some 2/3 of the maps in the collection have NOT been scanned, I am
suggesting that the SHRUG group investigate acquiring and donating a 36"
wide (or larger) scanner to the State Library.  Then, perhaps with some
significant internship time from the SHRUG community (maybe students
from the FSU Geography Department, etc.) these 2,000+ maps could be
accurately scanned (note that some of the maps that have already been
scanned need to be rescanned more carefully) and made available to the
GIS community, students and the general public, not only in the State of
Florida, but everywhere internet access is available.

Any comments or thoughts?  Could we, perhaps, discuss this further at
the business meeting at the SHRUG Annual Meeting?  Or perhaps one of our
vendors could step-up with some help for this?

-- John 


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