SDS Heritage specialises in digitally converting publications, reports, minutes, journals, photographs, historic books, and general archives of associations, institutions, organisations, clubs and individual establishments (both private and commercial) onto CD-ROM, DVD and the Internet. This further extends to local and central government (including prisons and hospitals) and famous, historical and political individuals.
We are experts in scanning and archiving, and are the UK leading private company in this field. As a result of successfully scanning and converting various journals and historical archives, it was decided in 2001 to create this specialist division of the SDS Group, whose task is to deal solely with the secure digital conversion of heritage archives. SDS Heritage can scan any document archive that is between one and 900 years old.
We are very experienced in scanning fragile and rare publications through work with the Petrie Museum of Ancient Egyptian Archaeology, the London Geological Society (its Murchison Notebooks), and in scanning property deeds for the John Lewis Partnership and British Gas that date back to the 16th Century.
SDS Heritage provides systems and solutions for every stage of the document scanning/processing life-cycle, and utilise rigid engineering quality assurance (QA) mechanisms to implement and carry out the work.
The business case and possible benefits of digitising your unique archive are numerous:
- Every physical page/document/photograph could be available to members and the general public on CD-ROM, DVD and/or online, people will therefore have a much easier access to this wonderful resource
- "Profit from your archives" and recoup initial investment through sales of the CD-ROM, DVD sets and online subscriptions to members, libraries, research institutions, corporate sponsors and the general public Sales of your fully searchable electronic archive will generate a huge fund raising potential for your organisation over the next few years
- Corporate sponsorship and advertising can be obtained to help fund this project. Space on the DVD cases and pages within the system itself can be set aside for recognising this
- People will always want access to paper versions of your publications, however now they expect electronic access as well. Converting your archives will ensure that your organisation is moving with the times and responding to public demand
- Protect and future-proof your precious hard copy archive against potential loss, damage and fire
- Yearly updates can be added to this electronic archive to ensure it is kept up to date.