Subject Files or FDB to store images?
Author Dariusz Zelichowski

My employer is considering digitizing a bunch of existing
records contained on index cards. OCR is not an option as
the cards are in various formats and contain handwritten
notes. One of the steps required is scanning all the index
cards and then... this is where I am not sure what to do.

Should I store resulting images (after they are scanned) as
jpeg files linked to relevant database entries, or would it
be better to store the images inside a firebird database as

These are some of the technical aspects of the project:

- about 20,000 index cards
- each card generates 2 files (one for each side)
- each file is between 40KB and 200KB
- the data growth rate will be very modest (no more than 30
a day)
- access to the database will be only sporadically by more
than one person at a time.
- at the present time all the cards to be scanned would
require approx. between 2GB and 6GB of disk space if stored
in jpeg format (depending of the resolution of the scan)

Any comments/suggestions will be appreciated.


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