Monday, July 18, 2005
Article: Legacy Content Conversion
This article looks at the work Allen Press has done in helping publishers place legacy content (back issues) online. Although this is an article that is trying to sell publishers on digitization, there is interesting content in it for everyone. For example, pasge 11 looks at some of the preparation decisions that must be made in scanning a journal (e.g., do you scan the table of content) and some of the issues that will arise (such as small font sizes). The article contains three case studies and shows how frequently scanned legacy content was used. Obviously the message is that users do want older content, especially is the scientific fields, so it is worthwhile for publishers to make this content available. The article notes that PDF format is preferred over HTML.