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DIY Book Scanner Workflow

Getting started

This set of scripts was written for the Text Laundrette workshop. The workshop takes place in the Publication Station, WDkA building.
Rotterdam, 03-02-2020
It is a workflow to turn the pictures from the DIY Book Scanner into a final OCRed PDF.

About the Workshop


We will use a home-made, DIY book scanner, and open-source software to scan, process, and add digital features to printed texts brought by the participants to the workshop. Ultimately, we will include them in the “bootleg library”, a shadow library accessible over a local network.

Shadow libraries operate outside of legal copyright frameworks, in response to decreased open access to knowledge. This workshop aims to extend our research on libraries, their sociability, and methods by which we can add provenance to texts included in public or private, legal or extra-legal collections.

Participants should bring: a printed text, which theyd like to digitize and share.

##Dependencies ###Brew (MAC) or apt-get (LINUX)

Youll need the command-line tools for Xcode installed.

xcode-select --install

After, install Homebrew.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Run the following command once youre done to ensure Homebrew is installed and working properly:

brew doctor
sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip imagemagick poppler-utils
brew install python3 python3-pip imagemagick poppler-utils

sudo pip3 install pdf2image Pillow opencv-python pytesseract

##How to use

Add your pictures from the book scanner to the folder "/scans"

Make all the files executable.

sudo chmod 777

In case you want to skip any of the scripts just comment out in the shell code,

###Increase Imagemagick resources

nano /etc/ImageMagic-6/policy.xml

ImageMagick comes with very low limits:

Resource limits:
Width: 16KP
Height: 16KP
Area: 128MP
Memory: 256MiB
Map: 512MiB
Disk: 1GiB
File: 768
Thread: 4
Throttle: 0
Time: unlimited

change /etc/ImageMagick-6/policy.xml to more sensible defaults:

Resource limits:
Width: 128KP
Height: 128KP
Area: 1.0737GP
Memory: 2GiB
Map: 4GiB
Disk: 8GiB
File: 768
Thread: 4
Throttle: 0
Time: unlimited


In terminal run ./

Wait :)

##Aditional information The workflow follows these scripts, by successive order:

###Create 5 directories

mkdir split
mkdir rotated
mkdir ocred
mkdir bounding_box
mkdir cropped

###Merge the files in the directory scans

All the scans will be renamed

```bash ./ ```

###Burst the pdf in scans

Change resolution of the scans so that it is lighter to process

```bash ./ ```

###Rotate the pdfs

The book scanner takes pictures of the pdfs, this scrip iterates through the odd and even pages rotating them to their original position.

```bash python3 ```

###Crop the bounding boxes

The pages are now in their original position, but they have a bounding box. This script iterates through them and crops the highest contrast area found.

```bash python3 ```

###Crop the mirror

The pages are now cropped, but the mirror may still be visible in the edge. This happens if the cameras are not adjusted properly. I commented it out because if the cameras are positioned correctly there is no need for this step.

```bash python3 ```


In this part we OCR the jpg files, turning these into PDFs.

```bash python3 ```

###Merge all the files and create the pdf

The OCRed pages are now joined into their final PDF, your book is ready :)

```bash ./ ```


Just run and start over

```bash ./ ```

## License The package is available as open source under the terms of the [MIT License](