DPS listened to the needs of the client, planned a successful strategy and approached SPI with a solid solution by creating an entire staffing force to create Bulk Conversions.
Indexing- Our skilled indexers developed detailed keyword, author, and subject indexes-including first, second, and third-tier entries-with the consistency, precision and meticulousness that is required for journal indexes.
Content Conversion- We offered publishers an end-to-end solution-from data capture, imaging, metadata creation, to large-scale tag-intensive SGML/XML transformation. We typically convert millions of journal pages per month and have created some of the largest repositories of STM and scholarly journal content for our client.
Content Structuring- For our client, we provide an "SGML/XML-first" solution using our in-house tools. The SGML or XML code we add to our clients content supports the entire page composition process-even for illustrations, graphs, multi-page multi-column tables, equations and formula (using TeX, LaTeX and MathML).
Complex e-Deliverables- Richly detailed yet highly stable, the SGML/XML we create is ideal for multi-channel journal content delivery as print-ready PDFs, for article delivery via the Web, for inclusion in online databases of the content licensees, as well as for easy archiving in the content repository, allowing for integration into a variety of digital production and publishing systems at a later point in time.
Adobe PDF - We routinely generate Adobe PDF files for archival purposes as part of our legacy content conversion service. The PDFs we create can have full resolution (suitable for printing), or can be optimized for online delivery. We create PDFs from any source material to meet any specifications with built-in navigational aids, indices, various security measures, and links to external resources. For PDF conversions of text and images on a single page, we have adopted a 'drag 'n' drop' production process that results in higher quality text, superior half-tones, and color images with a smaller file size. When scanning text and images, we scan twice, optimizing the first scan for text, and the second scan for imagery. Then we 'drag' the image from the second scan. We apply proprietary image compression to the dragged element, then 'drop' the compressed image into place on the first scan. The result: superior image quality and PDF file sizes that are 70%-80% smaller than scanning the entire page at a higher resolution in order to capture the image. This process benefits both publishers (reduced long-term cost of data storage) and customers (less download time and no problem printing downloaded files on a desktop printer).
Archival Imaging- High-speed and archival imaging works for our client. We provide scanning services from hardcopy, cards, and photographic prints, transparencies, in color, black/white, and grayscale. Once captured, the image is optimized and stored in various file formats - such as TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PICT, or SPIFF - at any resolution required by the client, from 72 to 600 dpi or higher. For best quality, we use proprietary image optimization and enhancement technologies that sharpen, de-speckle, and de-skew scanned images, remove noise, and eliminate unwanted artifacts. DPS' image enhancement tools also determine the correct brightness, control contrast and density, and perform automatic edge detection and line filtering during the scanning process. Optimization results in superior image quality-regardless of source material-at every scanning resolution. Scanned images may be linked to computerized finding tools through a coordinated naming technique, or new finding tools can be converted to support searching and navigation within a collection.
To initiate this project, we hired a team of 500 formatters, and rented out a couple floors to fulfill their work needs. Due to the volume, their hourly costs were significantly discounted.