“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: email@example.com
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.