Cyber Security and Your Business

Cyber Security and Your Business

Two recent global cyber attacks demonstrate how vulnerable businesses and government organizations are to data breaches.  On May 2017 a ransomware attack called WannaCry struck hundreds of business, government and personal pcs world wide.  In June 2017 another cyber...
Notable Digitization Projects

Notable Digitization Projects

There are a number of major digitizing projects worldwide, where the end result could make a vast amount of historical data, art objects and scientific documents accessible to all on the internet.  In addition to making the data accessible, digitization will preserve...

The Impact of Technology on Education

Technologies such as the internet and enabling devices including mobile phones, tablets, desktops and the millions of programs and apps that are available to anyone at the touch of a finger has dramatically impacted just about every industry and organization.  This is...

Are Paper Books Doomed to Extinction?

Will all paper documentation eventually succumb to the digital age?   After all, digital is more convenient, easier to preserve and store than paper.    Books are perhaps one of the most popular and notable types of paper documentation that could become extinct in...
the-hidden-costs-in-documentation

the-hidden-costs-in-documentation

Most companies rely on some sort of document manage system that is vital to its business processes.  This is true from law firms to manufacturing companies:  and for these entities, documentation management is really not part of their core competencies, so most...

Lean Manufacturing and Documentation

Perhaps one of the more significant breakthroughs in manufacturing was the adaption of lean principles.   Many companies have applied these principles to reduce cost and improve cycle time.   Lean thinking is the process of identifying and eliminating waste in a...

Storing Your Digital Data on the Cloud

Most people have heard of the “cloud” but many are not really sure what it is.  The name gives more mystery than it actually deserves.  The cloud is just a bunch of servers.  These servers can have different functions, for example most new software packages such as...

Digitizing Records for Labor Unions

Among the many activities and responsibilities that labor unions oversee, accurate record keeping and secure document storage is vital.   Not surprisingly, many labor unions are digitizing physical records to increase the efficiency and reliability of their system....

Contingency planning and data

It is a good idea for any business or organization to go through a contingency planning exercise.   This is where all the credible potential risks are identified and some sort of mitigation is put in place.  This could be as simple as adding a procedure or something...

The Digital Dilemma

Digitizing your records can be a great boon to productivity and preservation of your data.   Once documents are digitized they can be stored, accessed, searched electronically and save thousands of hours of data management. There are downsides to consider.  There are...

What is going on during Digitizing?

Many of Microfacs’ services revolve around digitizing.   Digitizing is taking a physical medium such as a document or microfilm and converting that into a digital format that can be displayed, stored and edited on a computer. The digitizing process starts with...

What is OCR and when should it be used?

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is the technology of analyzing image elements (pixels) and converting them to a text code such as ASCII (numbers). The advantages of OCR are significant since computers can store a digital image as a pattern of pixels, but cannot...

Some background information on Microfilm

John Benjamin Dancer has been credited as the first inventor of microfilm in 1839.  The first patent for microfilm was granted to a French optician, Rene Dagron, in 1859 where the first practical use of microfilm was espionage.  The first commercial use of microfilm...

Digitizing historical documents and books

The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment.   Parchment is writing material made from animal skin. The process to make parchment is quite involved; however, relative to paper or hemp, it is very durable.   Parchment documents have been known to survive...
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