Decapod Use Cases

1. Librarian with an Old Small Fragile Collection

  • Scan fragile items in a safe manner. Items include: pamphlets, old manuscripts, scrolls, and foreign/ancient works.
  • Be able to preview / review capture items and adjust or fix any mistakes as to reduce handling of the object.
  • Likewise, would like to be able to crop and remaster captures onsite - if the results aren't good enough, have the ability to recapture right there.
  • Be able to increase the fidelity / resolution of the images captured to convey the condition of the work.
  • Must be able to work with existing light (Since some work is very fragile and sensitive to UV or heat)
  • Categorize and describe the content so that it can be easily searched and indexed.
  • Publish the captured content to a public repository where library card holders can easily access it remotely.
  • possibly a large amount of shelf space which can not leave rooms
  • Inexperienced users. Will need at least a quick walkthrough.
  • Equipment provided and little training materials provided by library
  • Motivated to capture material - unpaid, inexperienced.
  • Important to get success early with these users.
  • Small staff of assistants who can do digitization.
  • Initially a surge in demand (for popular books), and then trickle
  • Ask Fisher library about how they would deal with this.
  • No flash, no UV --> ensure that camera is properly configured.
  • Add: Materials will often be bound and will need to be cradled. Not flattened.
  • A lot of materials are large, and therefore Decapod would not be appropriate.

2. Administrator at an Institution with Secure Sensitive Information

  • Quickly scan and capture items without removing it from the premises.
  • Work quickly due to sensitivity and security of the work being captured.
  • At a later time and location, compile the images captured into books and publish them as PDF to a website.
  • Example: Archeology sites - maps and other information that are secure and sensitive.

3. Entry Level Clerk at Local Municipal Archives

  • Recreate digital copies of municipal archives which are "good enough" for on-screen viewing, with minimal effort.
  • Speed and accuracy are motivating factors, though quality often is not.
  • Pass on the captured images to archivist who takes care of the rest.
  • Low cost mechanical handling, processing done elsewhere.
  • Offshore digitization workers, and domestic volunteers are considered the same user.

4. Archivist at Local Municipal Archives

  • Create faithful reproductions of unique and interesting artifacts from the archive, like photos and letters.
  • Preview an accurate preview of the final output as to discern the quality, and fix or recapture bad images if needed.
  • Take captures from volunteers and other staff and properly describe the content and adjusts any croppings or content flow.

5. Scholarly Content Service Provider

  • Quickly be able to capture rare and delicate works in-situ with little handling of the item.
  • Using paid workers and partners to deploy into the field to do the capturing.
  • Quality of product (i.e. the output) is a big importance, so being able to easily do QA on captures throughout process is needed:
    • Do QA while in the field.
    • Do QA before final output.
    • QA final output periodically as part of QC.

6. Independent Scholar

  • Independent scholar is interested in a particular subject matter and would like to build a personal collection of content for their own interest.
  • They would often visit a collection to read material, and a Decapod system would allow them to "take" copies of the material without removing them from the facility.
  • There may also be an opportunity for the library to get a copy of the digitized material as a way of crowd sourcing. This would imply that there is a Decapod system available to borrow at the institution.

7. Digital Interlibrary Loan


8. Missing Content Fulfillment

  • digitized content is missing pages and a request is made to fill the missing parts
  • Alternative technology support: user would like to use a flatbed scanner or some other non-Decapod hardware, but would still like to use it with the Decapod system for QA, processing, and/or output.
  • This can be accomplished through crowd sourcing with the Independent Scholar.

Students digitizing textbooks

Personal content

  • Photo albums,etc.
  • Edge case application for this project.

Low Vision Student

  • Scan books to get a digital text version of the book.
  • Read a faithful digital text reproduction of a book by using a screen reader.
  • Quickly browse / navigate a book by scanning chapters, pages, and paragraphs.
  • Convert text into different formats depending on context of use (i.e. Daisy, PDF, HTML, or MS Word).
  • Cut and paste between different textual documents to create a report.
  • Edge case application for this project.

Lab notebooks (not well formatted source material)

  • legally/ethically can not be unbound.
  • hand-written, may not be formatted
  • Just dewarp, with little/no OCR. Output as images (PDF, JPG)
  • Edge case application for this project.

Edge Use Case (Beyond scope)

  • Mass production facilities
  • Hand writing
  • Forms etc.