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PALINET Inaugurates Scanning and Database Service

Magazine article Information Today

PALINET Inaugurates Scanning and Database Service

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PALINET has inaugurated a new service called PAL/SCAN & PAL/DB. James Rush, executive director of PALINET noted that "this new service enables PALINET to scan text and graphics; to perform optical character recognition of text in a variety of languages; to create well-designed databases of scanned or other electronic data and to output the databases to CD-ROM or other media for use within library local area networks (LANs) or other automated systems."

Rush went on to say that "PAL/SCAN permits the scanning of books, newsletters, annual reports, manuscripts, pamphlets, course materials, and virtually anything else that is printed on paper and is no larger than 8.5 x 14 [inches] in size. The bit-mapped image may be preserved, and text can be converted to ASCII or various word processor text." The original document may be reproduced with a high degree of fidelity if so desired.

PAL/DB, the companion to PAL/SCAN, permits PALINET to design and create databases from a wide range of source data, including scanner output and other machine-readable files, including MARC records, union list data, word processor files, dBase files and more. …

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