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honoured by a variety of leading IT organisations as
a leader in innovative storage technology develop-
ment and high-performance service provision. Scale
Eight has been serving global enterprises since
October 2000, including The Microsoft Network,
Viacom, and Fujitsu's PFU Group. Red Herring
named Scale Eight `one of the 50 privately held
companies most likely to change the world' in 2001
and in 2002, and Computerworld named Scale Eight
a Top 100 Emerging Company for 2002.
Scale Eight's Global Storage Service enables com-
panies to create a virtual storage repository for sha-
ring and distributing terabytes of file content via the
Wide Area Network. Its DSS technology is designed
to run on industry standard hardware and operating
system platforms, enabling the company to leverage
the low costs and continual advances in industry
standard processors, I/O systems, and disk drives.
Scale Eight also develops network-attached storage
(NAS) solutions that enable the creation of highly
scalable single-image NAS pools.The solutions con-
sist of DSS software and standards-based hardware,
pre-integrated and provided as a NAS system.
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Scale Eight's system is accessed via a device in the
Octavo LAN called the Global Storage Port.Through
this `port' users at Octavo can save and access images
as if they were on a hard drive in the LAN. By
October 2001, Octavo had filled approximately three
terabytes, paying for storage in 30-MB increments.
Authorised Octavo customers have access through
a password-protected Web browser. If a library or
museum uses Octavo's imaging system to digitise
pages of a book, a manuscript or map the system will
automatically save redundant and dynamically-mirro-
red copies in Scale Eight's data centres in Britain,
Japan,Virginia or California.The customer is able to
access the digital objects as if they were on his or her
own local network, with the Scale Eight's service
always providing a single system image to users,
applications and administrators. Subsequently, when
Octavo relocated its offices, it also built a redundant
storage system for additional protection, augmenting
the Scale Eight service even further.
streamlines image definition and image capture.The
system is integrated with the camera and image pro-
cessing software, so that much of the image capture,
processing and archiving procedure is automated.The
Online Capture System assists in organising and mana-
ging the workflow by enabling information about
the project and the object to be recorded along with
image descriptions that become a Views List.
Once the Views List is assembled, the camera ope-
rator is ready to begin imaging the object.The ope-
rator stages the book, sets up the camera and light-
ing, and checks the camera's settings. Next, an image
from the Views List is chosen.The appropriate OCS
application launches the camera software and auto-
matically loads it with the proper image name. After
verifying the settings, the operator activates the
camera. Shortly thereafter, the new image appears
on the computer display for inspection.
The image itself has been captured, sent to the
remote storage facility and manipulated for quality,
during which time JPEG thumbnails are prepared,
sent to the Web server and displayed on the appro-
priate Online Capture System page.The user (digital
camera operator) does not concern himself/herself
with this circuitous route; they simply benefit from
the responsiveness of the system in helping them
manage the capture and management of numerous
book and page images.
After the operator reviews an image for quality,
he/she can accept it by pressing a single key.This
begins another automated sequence that saves the
uncompressed raw data along with a backup copy,
and creates compressed versions for the online
system. All data are cached locally, then uploaded to
the remote storage system. Updated status informa-
tion is sent to the online system. Finally, the system
cues up the next image waiting to be captured.
While complex, this process takes less than a minute,
during which time the operator can prepare the object
for the next image.The operator continues in this way
through the Views List, simply clicking capture and
then inspecting and accepting each image as he/she
progresses through the entire digitisation process.
The goal of the Online Capture System is both to
simplify the challenging task of maintaining one's
`place' in the capture process. It also systematically
encodes technical information along with the capture
of images. `Metadata' are so essential to the proper
retrieval of images (especially those that look so alike
visually) that its capture must be included in the nor-
mal workflow to the greatest extent possible.When
incorporated in such a fashion, the metadata become
immediately available for searching and retrieval,
without necessitating additional labour or expense.
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t the heart of Octavo's Digital Imaging
Laboratory is its `Online Capture System'
(OCS).This is Web-based software suite that