Large-format scanner at the Irish Newspaper Archives

High-Performance Scanning at the Irish Newspaper Archives

For decades, the Irish Newspaper Archives, along with their sister company MicroMedia Ltd, have been turning their large collection of newspapers into microfilm. With the age of digitalization offering a new level of accessibility, their online database has become the largest digital newspaper archive in Ireland, offering digital scans of currently 18 titles, with more than 9 million pages of news, spanning 245 years.
Stacks of newspaper volumes in the depot of the Irish Newspaper Archives

“With the Flash A1 scanner, our scan productivity has increased by 75% over the existing large volume scanners we had in place.”

Jonathan Martin

The Irish National Archives in numbers

of Irish history

newspaper pages

digitized pages per day

Project background

book2net Flash A1 at Irish Newspaper Archives

MICROBOX cameras have been used at the INA since the early 1970s, helping create their extensive microfilm archive. MICROBOX technologies have been found to be exceptionally reliable and durable. One particular camera had been in use for almost 30 years, and unsurpassed by comparable newer products, when the arrival of sophisticated scanning technologies finally rendered it obsolete. In the early 2000s, Microfilm cameras were replaced by flatbed scanners. Since then, the INA has used many different models from MICROBOX, the latest of which is the Flash A1.

book2net action

Um eine höhere Produktivität bei der Durchführung ihrer Bestandsdigitalisierung zu erzielen und gleichzeitig höchste Qualität und Anwenderfreundlichkeit zu gewährleisten, suchten die Irish Newspaper Archives nach geeigneten Großformatscannern. Book2net konnte diese Anforderungen mit dem Flash A1 bestens erfüllen, das zeitsparende doppelseitige Scans bis zum Format DIN A2, ermöglicht. Aber auch Scans einzelner DIN A1-Seiten können von der effizienten Software automatisch anwenderfreundlich zusammengefügt werden. 

Upgrade mit book2net Hornet A0
Nach dem erfolgreichen Einsatz unseres A1 Systems, entschloss sich die Archivleitung, zusätzlich ein A0 System zu erwerben. Neben der erweiterten Formatoption, die nun die doppelseitige Aufnahme von Formaten bis DIN A1 zulässt, verbessert die duale Sensortechnologie der book2net Hornet auch signifikant die Bildqualität.


Fast processing, easy large-format scanning and a user-friendly interface are the key features for enhanced productivity, combined with careful handling and the guarantee of constant image quality for further use of the data in the online archive. Those are realized by our large-format scanning systems Flash A1 and Hornet A0. The scan rate for newspapers up to DIN A1 format could be doubled due to the faster two-sided capturing.

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