Book scanner | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

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Book scanner

In order to digitize the Belgian marine literature, the Flanders Marine Institute has installed a book scanner in the VLIZ-library. This device can be used for scanning marine publications with specific characteristics such as oversized or undersized books, very fragile or rare copies, and historical works.

How does a book scanner work?

The VLIZ-library owns an Atiz Bookdrive Pro-scanner, suitable for formats up to A2. In contrary to the classic flatbed-scanner, the book is placed in a V-shaped set-up avoiding damage to the publication. Scanning itself is executed by two high-speed and high-resolution digital single lens reflex cameras, using LED-light. This allows for well-lit high-resolution scans with no reflection.

  Working of the BookDrive Pro


Technical details

The book scanner BookDrive Pro of VLIZ, has the following technical specifications:

  • V-shaped cradle
  • V-shaped transparent plate
  • LED lighting system
  • 2 adjustable camera mounts
  • Software for processing and storage of scanned images
  • More technical information: click here.

Some studies:

  • In the framework of the LifeWatch project, Belgian (marine) literature will be analyzed for data archeology purposes. Using taxonomic recognition software enables a direct link with taxonomic records in the World register of Marine species (WoRMS) database.

You want to use the book scanner?

The scanner can be freely used to scan marine scientific literature. Availability of the scanner is dependent on the schedule of the VLIZ-library so therefore you will need to make an appointment. The manual labour and possible costs of scanning books/publications is the responsibility of the applicant. The Flanders Marine Institute may also (within the boundaries of the copyright law) use the scans in its collections and productions.

For more information about our services, please contact the VLIZ-library.

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the book scanner of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.