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On 6-7 April the first IMPACT Conference on ‘OCR in Mass Digitisation – Challenges between Full Text, Imaging and Language’ will take place at the KB – National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague.
The conference programme with additional information on the speakers is now available from the project website (http://www.impact-project.eu/news/ic2009/). Highlights include:
And from the IMPACT project:
Registration is still possible at a fee of €110,-
IMPACT is a European project that aims to speed up the process and enhance the quality of mass digitisation in Europe. The IMPACT research programme will significantly improve digital access to historical printed text through the development and use of innovative Optical Character Recognition software and linguistic technologies.
IMPACT will also build capacity in mass digitisation across Europe. The fifteen partners (seven libraries, six research institutes and two private sector companies) collectively constitute a Centre of Competence that will share best practice and expertise with the cultural heritage communities in Europe.
If you would like to be added to the IMPACT mailing list to stay updated on the project’s progress, please send a request to email@example.com
Fleur writes: Following the launch of Europeana, many are finding their way to the office in The Hague and ask us all kinds of questions. Maybe this post helps a bit in finding the answers….But before I do, may I please remind you that Europeana and The European Library are two different services…? (please note “view of a bird” for further info)
Europeana.eu went live last Thursday 20 November. As an unprecedented number of people immediately visited Europeana, the site came to a standstill. Technical developers, among others colleagues Sjoerd and Eric, are working long hours to create a more robust version. Mid December the site will be reopened. If you now enter http://www.europeana.eu you are redirected to the project development site. Here you can find all kinds of information and also a video that gives a preview of what’s on the real Europeana site.
One of the resources you can find on the project website is a link to the European Commission press briefing which was held November 21. During this briefing, Martin Selmayr, Spokesperson of European Commission, Information Society and Media gave an update on Europeana and also answered all kinds of questions, such as…
1. Why do you need a couple of weeks to come back?
2. Are you going to inform the registered users of Europeana when the site is back up?
You can watch the press briefing via http://ec.europa.eu/streamebs/cgi/ebs.pl?p=74197&s=131659&key=D6FD54F7F2356D2AAD211284F5348E4045B80466
Further, if you are wondering what kind of film footage is available for TV companies, please follow this link. It mainly shows how digitization takes place.
The French ministry of culture and communication is organising the conference “digitisation of cultural heritage in Europe” in the context of the French presidency of the European Union.
when: November 27-28
where: Paris, France
The digitisation of cultural heritage is a major priority in the culture agenda of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union. Digitisation and on line accessibility of cultural material are essential for enhancing the promotion of cultural heritage, stimulating the creation of contents and fostering new on-line services. It contributes to the democratisation of access to culture and to the development of the information society and the knowledge economy.
This conference will present to a large professional audience the EUROPEANA prototype, a multilingual access point to digitised heritage in Europe. Acomprehensive overview of European achievements will also be on the programme : EUROPEANA, MICHAEL, national and thematic portals, networking of digitised contents (archives, libraries, museums, audio-visual,architectural and archaeological heritage), new uses and new services for the public, models for public private partnerships.
More information at http://www.numerisationeurope.eu
“IMPACT is a project funded by the European Commission. It aims to significantly improve access to historical text and to take away the barriers that stand in the way of the mass digitization of the European cultural heritage.” (text published on http://www.impact-project.eu)
Hildelies Balk – Programme Manager IMPACT – further explains:
IMPACT is a European project that aims to speed up the process and enhance the quality of mass digitization in Europe. The IMPACT research will significantly improve digital access to historical printed text by innovating Optical Character Recognition software and language technology. IMPACT will also build capacity in mass digitization across Europe.The fifteen partners (seven libraries, six research institutes and two private sector companies) together form a Centre of Competence that will share best practices and expertise with the MLA community.
· IMPACT is supported by the European Community under the FP7 ICT Work Programme. The project is coordinated by the National Library of the Netherlands (KB)
· Project type: Large-scale Integrating Project
· Start date: 1 January 2008
· Duration: 48 months
· EU funding: € 11 500 000
· Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Web site: www.impact-project.eu
The concept and project objectives are described extensively in the IMPACT Description of Work, that forms the basis of the projects’ contract with the EC. A public version of this document is available from the IMPACT Project Office email@example.com .
Do you want to know how things are going? Curious about the general state of affairs, or which prototypes have been made available? The recently produced half year report gives a full update of all developments (and includes pictures of involved people – nice!). It can sent by request.