The Journal Digitisation Project

In 2015 the Executive Committee decided that putting copy of our journals on the website was a good use of our site, and Joan Scrivener (of West 4 printers and a life member of the Society) was able to assist by providing digital copy of our journals back to 2011. The ongoing project is to continue digitising our journals all the way back to when the Society (and the journal) started in 1987. As of November 2017 all journals back to March 2004 have been digitised.

The process involves obtaining hard copy of the journals to be digitised, and then scanning each page, approximately 160 pages per year, to a suitable folder. That's the easy part. The next stage in the process is to use an OCR program to read each of the scanned pages and turn them into text, and to use the text so created to build a journal that looks as much like the original as is reasonable to achieve. While creating the new journal any pictures need to be separately extracted from the original scanned images, and then get pasted (inserted) into the new copy. So it's long-winded and technical, but at the same time very satisfying to see the new journal being rebuilt without much typing. You get to be a total whiz on the Word for Windows options to fit text into the available space, and you get to browse the content as you go along. You definitely need to do a quick proof-read as you will find dates such as 2017 are likely to have been morphed into ZOl7, and much else besides.

If this is the sort of work you fancy then please contact the Projects Co-ordinator.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st December 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7:15 pm. This is our Christmas Meeting. Food and drink will be provided and there will be a quiz.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 16th December from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Are you able to join our Committee?

The committee meets every two months in Hounslow. We would like a few more members to join us and help to run the show. Enthusiasm is the only pre-req.

Give a lift - Take a lift

See this page if you can give lifts, or need a lift to meetings.


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Recent updates

10-December-2017

Digital copy of journals for 2003 added.

3-December-2017

Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS Journals now accessible to members online.

1-December-2017

Projects page updated.

25-November-2017

Memorial Inscriptions of Oak Lane Cemetery, Twickenham are added.

17-November-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

15-November-2017

Members' Lookup page added to Members Area.


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