[Noisebridge-board] DIY Book Scanner

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Sat Mar 17 06:01:31 UTC 2012

Well, the first thing to do is email a list that people actually read --
the board list is just for administrivia.  At Noisebridge the board is a
bunch of powerless figureheads who do nothing; all powr belongs to the

Post to noisebridge-discuss instead.


On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 08:51:34PM -0400, newmy51 at gmail.com wrote:
> Hello Noisebridge,
> I write you from Bolivia, doing super cool mushroom studies.  Just before I
> left, I attended a meeting where (at the very end when barely anyone was
> listening) I brought up my desire to build a book scanner at the space.
>  I've since noticed that the folks over at diybookscanner.org have pledged
> to "put a book scanner in every hacker space."  Whether that means they
> intend to help in any way/facilitate the process or it's just a rhetorical
> platitude, I'm not sure, but suffice it to say, Noisebridge is a hacker
> space, and book scanners are wonderful no matter where they live.
> Being only a mere visitor to Noisebridge -- first only during trips to SFO,
> now more frequently as a SFO resident -- I'm very unfamiliar with the
> protocol for proposing and beginning a project of these proportions.  Is
> there a submission/approval process, or do I just up and make the thing
> with whoever's into the idea?  Has someone already hopped on this book
> scanning bandwagon?  Has diybookscanner already contacted some Noisebridge
> people?
> I get back on April 17th.  I'd like to get started as soon as possible, as
> a large part of the drive to build a book scanner is to beef up the
> Mycological Society of San Francisco library with a digital mirror of its
> printed holdings (they also want a bunch of old
> newsletters/flyers/correspondence digitized).  Negotiations with Internet
> Archive have been strained and paperwork heavy, problems which could quite
> handily be solved by having a public access scanner running open source
> image handling and OCR software.  I should mention I'm vying for the
> position of society librarian (in addition to aspirations for creating a
> much larger digital mycological library).
> However a scheme like this ought to proceed, I will certainly need plenty
> of help, at both the hardware and software level, so feel free to forward
> this on to anyone you think might be interested.
> All the best from Bolivia.  Hope to hear back soon.
> Excellently Yours,
> -Danny Newman
> cell: 5056709090 (can't receive calls until April 17th).

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