The UK's Digital Imaging and Scanning Specialists
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Archive & Heritage Digitisation

The Image Cloud is a UK based company specialising in digitisation and digital imaging. We offer cost effective services to businesses, organisations, individuals, artists, libraries and archives. We also offer advice on photographic scanning and family history through our blog. Our services include slide and film scanning, negative scanning, photo scanning, glass plate digitisation, historic document and heritage digitisation, artwork canvas and watercolour scanning, microfiche and microfilm scanning, high volume bulk document scanning and shredding services, family history and professional genealogical advice, physical and digital archive consultation, archive collection and library digitisation.

Digitisation is key to the efficient running of an organisation and archive. Whether you want to preserve original documents and have a surrogate or use the digital files to increase the accessibility and promotion of your archive to others. A quality digitisation service can even help your outreach programmes and engagement through exposure in online exhibitions, forums, news outlets and through social media.

Our experience spans many different archives and collections, from theatre and photographic to public libraries and private collections. We have the knowledge and expertise to bring your archive into the 21st century.

 

Why Choose Us?

Preservation first

We believe the less handling the better, if there is another method of digitisation we could use for the collection that would reduce any risk of damage or contact with the collection(an example would be overhead scanning vs flatbed), we will always recommend best practices to help you make the right decisions.

Qualified Archive Professionals

Our staff have over 10+ years of experience in the industry, including working in archives and on specialised digitisation projects as Archivists. We view each project as if it were our own collection and treat it that way also. With our industry knowledge, we can help make sure your digitised collection is integrated with your current cataloging system and that all metadata is stored with the digital images. So you have peace of mind that your collection is in the right hands

Condition Checks & Q.A.

We always record conditions of items when delivered, during the digitisation process and after to give you peace of mind. Digitised files are checked at numerous stages by multiple people and equipment is calibrated before each batch is started. All of this is recorded for progress and accountability.

Cost Effective Services

As our mission states, we want everyone, from households and SMEs to charities and larger organisations to have access to high quality, cost effective scanning and digitisation services no matter what the budget. Whether an organisation needs a collection of 10000 items digitised for a preservation project or an individual has one transparency they want scanned to be able to share it with family members. Our services are designed to suit any budget.

Minimal Environmental Impact

The Image Cloud is aiming to have zero impact on the environment and as a company that uses energy in our processes from lights to scanners to shredders, we wanted to do something about it. Our energy provider is now supplying us with electricity from renewable sources only.

Friendly and Helpful Staff

We pride ourselves on our customer service and are happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to our services and digitisation, feel free to reach us through our social media, email and online contact form. If you are not sure what type of digitisation you need, we will help guide you through your options to make sure you have the right service for your budget.

On-Site Digitisation

Depending on the documents, media or physical items, it’s not always wise to transport these collections to other locations, it may even be a case of security vs risk and we understand that. So we can provide a cost effective on site service, which would save your organisation time and effort to train staff or take them off of their current duties. Even if you just need an extra pair of professional hands for a digitisation project we can help.

 

 
 
Our powerful 35mm film and slide scanners have a resolution of 7200 dpi. Giving you high quality, accurate, sharp images. We can also digitise medium format and 4x5 inch large format film as well as non-standard film formats up to 8x10 inches  at 6400 dpi. Our expertise in both photography and archives, means phenomenal care and attention to detail.

35mm, Medium and Large format film and slide scanning 

Our powerful 35mm film and slide scanners give you high quality, accurate, sharp images. We also digitise medium format and 4x5 inch large format film as well as non-standard film formats. Our expertise in both photography and archives, means phenomenal care and attention to detail.

  • Any size negative film and slides.

  • 16 bit RAW digital negatives available.

  • Processed TIFFs for digital storage or printing.

  • Processed JPEGs for web & file sharing.

  • High PPI/DPI scanning.

  • Metadata included.

 
 
 
Glass plate negatives need to be handled with extreme care and attention. They need to be processed correctly. We find the best image comes from overhead scanning of a glass plate, similar to the imaging of a manuscript. This method means less handling of the glass plate and a superior image to other scanning methods. Using the same photgraphic scanners as we do for documents and manuscripts, these are imaged at the highest quality.

Glass Plate Negatives

Glass plate negatives need to be handled with extreme care and attention. They need to be processed correctly. We find the best image comes from overhead scanning of a glass plate, similar to the digitisation of a manuscript. This method means less handling of the glass plate and a superior image to other scanning methods. Using the same photographic scanners as we do for documents and manuscripts, these are imaged at the highest quality.

  • Use of overhead photographic imaging means less handling of the glass plates.

  • 16 bit RAW digital negatives available,

  • Processed TIFFs or any other format that suits your archive.

  • Metadata included.

 
 
 

16MM/35MM MICROFILM, MICROFICHE AND APERTURE CARD DIGITISATION

Our specialised microform scanners can digitise all forms of microfilm including 16mm and 35mm, microfiche and aperture cards. Our stringent Q.A. checks ensure that quality standards are kept high and digital media can be exported to multiple file formats.

  • Microfiche, aperture cards, 16/35mm roll film, Jacket Film, 16mm Cartridge Film (ANSI & M-Type).

  • Scan in colour and greyscale.

  • Export to TIFF, PDF/A, JPEG or Searchable PDFs using Optical Character Recognition.

  • Scanning up to 600PPI resolution.

Not sure what type of microform you have? View our guide.

 
 
 
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Documents, Manuscripts, artworks and Books

Our overhead and photographic scanners use high quality cameras and lenses to capture superior images, whilst also minimising handling of your collection. Our bespoke imaging equipment can accommodate sizes larger than A2 and also use state of the art archival scanners for anything A2 or smaller. All images are captured in RAW format, colour calibrated and metadata can be supplied with the images. We will also make sure the images are compatible with your current cataloging system and that all items are stored correctly.

  • Bespoke equipment allows for any size of media to be scanned.

  • Minimal handling and contact of materials to help future preservation.

  • RAW files available

  • Processed TIFF, PDF/A or any other format that suits your archive.

  • On-site scanning available

  • Metadata included.

 
 
 
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DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL ARCHIVES CONSULTATIONS

If you are looking into digitising collections within your archive but do not know which ones to digitise, we can provide advice on best practise and things to consider when starting an archive. We can also undertake a digitisation feasibility survey for your organisation. You can also check our blog for more advice and information.

 
 

So what are you waiting for?