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

Please note that we have now cancelled the AGM on 18th March, and also the April and May Members meetings. The June meeting is still on, and we now plan to hold our short AGM at this meeting, after the talk by Meryl Catty titled Our Newspaper Heritage.

Next Fair

Our attendance at fairs is severely impacted by the coronavirus situation. The next fair still on schedule is not until September.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 16th May from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, provided the library is open. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.


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Recent updates

20-March-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.

5-March-2020

Committee minutes for January 2020 added to Members Area.

28-February-2020

The final tranche of 4800 baptisms for All Saints, Isleworth is added (1890 - 1919).

21-February-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.

4-February-2020

A new page on Message Forwarding has been added to the Executive Committee area.

27-January-2020

The complete set of baptisms for St. Mary, Stanwell is added (1632 - 1945). Transcribing by Carol Sweetland.


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