The Opus digitization process was designed specifically for academic libraries, museums and archives. Use Opus FreeFlow to build digital assets for preservation, archive, digital collections for the Web, and for viewing software. Its image treatment processes such as fan, gutter and book curvature removal, and content location and registration, are dramatically faster and easier to use than photo editing software.
Opus FreeFlow operates a wide array of preservation quality scanners and allows for the import of existing images as well. It then groups images into objects (i.e. books), which are easily managed and processed. Finally, it renders those objects into a variety of derivatives.
With Opus FreeFlow 4-tab interface, users can switch dynamically between scanning, image treatment and outputting derivatives. Multipage objects can be reopened and reprocessed at any time. Pages can be deleted and rescanned and new pages can be scanned and inserted. Unlimited derivatives can be created with variations in image size, resolution, format and file type.
Opus FreeFlow is fully compatible with Opus Digitization Workflow software. While objects are in the middle of the Opus workflow, they can be opened with Opus FreeFlow for additional scanning, image modification and derivative generation.
Opus support for the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) takes on several forms. Opus has the ability to generate export derivative sets which can be added into an OAI-compliant metadata repository and made available via the OAI-PMH to any OAI compliant metadata harvesters. The DLSG operates and manages the cloud infrastructure necessary to support this need, thus freeing our users from having to acquire and maintain the expertise to make their chosen objects available to the digital archive community at large. For example, this feature of Opus allows its users to easily contribute to the Digital Public Library Project (DPLA) with just a few clicks.
The underlying object resources (images) described in the OAI-compliant metadata export may either be hosted by the OPUS customers themselves or the resources can be uploaded to a DLSG-maintained archive repository as part of the OAI publishing process.
Published objects can be further queried and made available by Opus's support for the OAI-ORE project. In addition to the cloud based OAI publishing features, the DLSG cloud repository allows the user community of Opus Systems to share or exchange Opus objects among themselves.
Opus' hierarchical metadata capture is controlled by templates that can be created and modified to fit virtually any requirements. Input field characteristics include :required/optional, repeatable/one occurrence only and other characteristics that can be specified when templates are constructed of modified. Opus provides several generic templates to capture the data necessary to create virtual library output formats.
One of Opus' most popular file format outputs of the images is PDF and PDF/A. Opus Image Treatment function publishes PDF images with consistent sizes. When coupled with Opus metadata output the PDF is presented with bookmarks hyperlinked to the section within the images, making content search extraordinarily easy. Opus' OCR function adds full text search giving the user the ultimate search tool.
Content Stabilization is a general term for automatic and manual varieties of image treatment that can be performed during or after scan time with the purpose of producing clean, clear and consistently formatted digital images.
Book curve, skew, fan, gutter and black edges are automatically adjusted to render clean, consistent margins of uniform size and text position for a clean, professional look.
Content Stabilization is typically applied automatically in batch after scan time and includes features like:
One more of the image treatment features above can be applied to a single image, to selected images, or all the images in a given batch. Manual Content Stabilization allows users even more precise control of the image treatment listed above and can be applied to one, many or all images in the same group.
Opus FreeFlow is an application that provides the scanning, image treatment and derivative creation capabilities of the full Opus Digitization Workflow system outside of its structured project management environment.
Unlike Opus Workflow, Opus FleeFlow doesn't perform automatic archiving or manage workflow. Opus FreeFlow is also fully compatible with Opus Workflow digitization software. They can be used independently or together. For example, while objects are in the middle of the Opus Workflow, they can be opened with Opus FreeFlow for additional scanning, image modification and creation of derivatives.
|Define Projects Features and Capabilities||FreeFlow||WorkFlow|
|Creates and manages projects||YES|
|Creates and manages project templates||YES|
|Creates and manages objects||YES||YES|
|Prints objects tracking sheets|
|Maintains a project history database||YES|
|Automatically reads tracking sheets||YES|
|Containerizes the images of an object||YES||YES|
|Supports continuous (batch) scanning||YES||YES|
|Supports multiple concurrent projects and objects - suspend and resume scanning of unfinished projects and objects||YES||YES|
|Supports all Scan2Net ® scanners||YES||YES|
|Supports many TWAIN scanners||YES||YES|
|Supports insertion, deletion, rescanning and rotation of images||YES||YES|
|Image Treatment Capabilities||FreeFlow||WorkFlow|
|Automatically locates content(configurable)||YES||YES|
|Automatically splits pages (configurable)||YES||YES|
|Automatically removes fan and gutter (configurable)||YES||YES|
|Automatically corrects for book curve (configurable)||YES||YES|
|Automatically levels background||YES||YES|
|Manual review, redo and override||YES||YES|
|Automatic process can be individuality invoked by user||YES||YES|
|Image treatment scheduling (e.g overnight)||YES|
|Template-based image treatment processing||YES|
|Metadata Capture Capabilities||FreeFlow||WorkFlow|
|Automatic capture of technical metadata||YES||YES|
|Hierarchical metadata entry||YES||YES|
|Template-based metadata entry||YES||YES|
|Custom template creation||YES||YES|
|Capture of METS metadata||YES||YES|
|Capture of MIX metadata||YES||YES|
|Capture of MODS metadata||YES||YES|
|Capture of Dublin Core metadata||YES||YES|
|Capture of structural metadata for 3-D virtual page turning Web output||YES||YES|
|Capture of metadata for import to OAI-PMH Compliant Repositories||YES||YES|
|Capture of metadata for import to OAI-ORE Compliant Repositories||YES||YES|
|Capture of metadata for import to D-SPACE, Content DM, Re-Discovery, Fedora||YES||YES|
|Data entry rules: (e.g required/optional fields, repeat/once only fields)||YES||YES|
|Collection Composition and Creation Capabilities||FreeFlow||WorkFlow|
|Current object output of images in formats that can be imported by D-SPACE, Content DM, Fedora, Re-Discovery and other content managers||YES||YES|
|Selection of an unlimited number of objects to be output as a collection or for overnight processing||YES|
|Assignment of attributes to each collection||YES|
|Collection history and attribute database||YES|
|Collection list management||YES|
|Object search capability||YES|
|Derivative attribute specification (e.g file format, size, res, color depth, quality factor)||YES||YES|
|Output of TIFF, JPEG, PDF, PDFA, PNG, GIF, rich text, ASCII, Unicode, audio and other file formats, (one image per files or the entire volume in a single file)||YES||YES|
|Output of full images, reduced images, Web images, thumbnail images||YES||YES|
|Automated, unattended (e.g overnight output of multiple derivatives)||YES|
|Output of METS metadata||YES||YES|
|Output of MIX metadata||YES||YES|
|Output of MODS metadata||YES||YES|
|Output of Dublin Core metadata||YES||YES|
|Output of structural metadata for 3-D virtual page turning Web output||YES||YES|
|Output of metadata for import to OAI-PMH Compliant Repositories||YES||YES|
|Output of metadata for import to OAI-ORE Compliant Repositories||YES||YES|
|Output of metadata for import to D-SPACE, Content DM, Re-Discovery, Fedora||YES||YES|
|Output of images and metadata for archival||YES||YES|
|Automatic archive of scanned images||YES|
|Automatic archive of treated images||YES|
|Automatic archive of metadata||YES|
|Project-Level archive control via customizable||YES|
|Supports Open RAID Off-line storage||YES||YES|
Opus FreeFlow digitization software provides all the necessary functionality
to create digital books and other materials from scanned images. Prior to Opus,
digitization had to be performed one image at a time using photos editors for image
treatment, and content managers for keying metadata. With Opus FreeFlow, after scanning
and treating images, digital derivative images are output to destinations such as digital
content management systems, and digital master images to digital archive systems.
Opus Digitization Workflow software allows for the use temporary workers with minimal training while minimizing the chance of errors and ensuring that preservation quality standards are met. Unlike FreeFlow, Opus Workflow applies somewhat rigid managements principles. Opus FreeFlow and Opus Digitization Workflow work seamlessly together and can be used by a trained digitization staff member at any time to perform processing and output independently of Opus Workflow.
Opus FreeFlow also works with third-party software. For example, if a user wishes to perform an image treatment function supported by a popular photo editor, the press of a button in Opus FreeFlow can launch the third-party application with the current image ready for editing. Once the edits are completed and saved, exiting the photo editor will return the user to Opus FreeFlow with the image showing the modifications that were made.
|Containerizes the images of an object|
|Supports continuous (batch) scanning|
|Supports multiple concurrent objects - suspend and resume scanning of unfinished objects|
|Supports all Scan2Net scanners|
|Supports many TWAIN scanners|
|Supports insertion, deletion, rescanning and rotation of images|
|Automatically locates content (configurable)|
|Automatically splits pages (configurable)|
|Automatically removes fan and gutter (configurable)|
|Automatically corrects for book curve (configurable)|
|Automatically levels background|
|Manual review, redo and override|
|Automatically process can be individually invoked by user|
|Collection Composition and Creation|
|Current object output of images in formats that can be imported by D-SPACE, Content DM, Fedora, Re-Discovery and other content managers|
|Derivative attribute specification (e.g file format, size, resolution, color depth, quality factor)|
|Output of TIFF, JPEG, PDG, GIF, rich text, ASCII, Unicode, audio & other file formats, (one image per file or the entire volume in one file)|
|Output of full images, reduced images, Web images, thumbnail images|
OPUS FreeFlow Systems
These days students entering college are highly educated regarding all things digital. They absolutely demand digital technology as an integral part of their library experience. KIC self-serve scanning systems make your entire library collection accessible in digital form.
The KIC BookEdge with integrated furniture and touch screen is a wonderful way to offer student digital access to your entire library. It's simple two-button interface makes it very approachable, even by technically timid students. It's low price, sleek design, and small 2x2' foot print make KIC BookEdge a very practical entry-level self-serve scanning solution for any library.
The KIC BookEdge is the perfect choice for student walk-up scanning and copying in areas where space is a premium. It makes entire library collections available in digital form. The KIC BookEdge's clever design allows users to scan pages right up to the bound margin near the spine, without damaging books. The KIC BookEdge produces beautiful, full-color images at no additional cost over black & white images! Even searchable PDF's and text-to-speech (MP3 files) are a snap to create.
The KIC BookEdge was specifically designed to occupy the same space as a typical floor-standing photocopier. Replacing outmoded copiers in academic and research libraries is easy with KIC BookEdge's modern scanning, printing and interactive computerized touch screen technology. With the addition of a color laser printer, the KIC BookEdge provides the functionality of a color copier at a fraction of the cost.
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