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Summary of 3rd edition of FBC e-learning courses

The 3rd ongoing edition of Polish Digital Libraries Federation’s e-learning courses has ended along with the end of September. We received lots of favourable opinions about courses. The shorter one, “Cooperation with Europeana” did enroll 39 users, 92 people registered for “Digital repositories for small memory institutions”. Similarly to previous edition, every participant could gain a certificate confirming completion of the course and the given note. Passing the tests and filling the questionnaires after each subject were the conditions for which the certificates were given.


The “Cooperation with Europeana” course obtained the average note of 4.71. These marks are highly similar to last edition’s ones. Most of participants acknowledged that presented subjects will be useful in their profession and that they are satisfied with the course. Users were pleased to participate in the course and we are happy to surprise people with the quality of it.

We asked participants where did they get to know about the course – it came out that most of them heard about it from a tutor or their boss (9 answers), next, but minor places were: mailing, websites and facebook (each one 3 answers). Questionnaires showed also that majority of participants were librarians, students and few less computer scientists and repository employees.

As it goes to the course “Digital repositories for small memory institutions”, it got the average note of 4.66 so it is the same as it was in the last scholarship cycle. Most of participants got to know about the course from some websites (14 answers), the second most often chosen answer was: “from a friend” (7) or “from a tutor/boss” (10). Only a few answered that it was from Facebook or mailing. The criticism that appeared in comments were mainly about the necessity to improve the navigation between subjects. We gathered also lots of positive opinions about solid and accurate preparation of the course.

Finishing this scholarship cycle entails with closing the possibility of registration for new users. Already registered ones can use and come back to courses. We do not give certificates till the start of a new cycle. Courses will be updated and enriched, we will keep you posted.

Full report describing the evaluation of third edition can be found in PSNC institutional repository.

PSNC trainings gain professional accreditation PLA
Source: denniswong

Professional Accreditation of Polish Librarian Association is the evaluation of educational programs directed to librarians and information scientists, made by independent experts pointed by the Polish Librarian Association (PLA, pol. Stowarzyszenia Bibliotekarzy Polskich). Experiences and solutions practiced by acclaimed Anglo-Saxon LIS organizations (eg. ALAALIACILIP) are the inspiration. On the accreditation’s website there is an information that libraries, universities, continuing education agencies and training companies can apply for it. Grading system and standards worked out by PLA relate to short educational forms generally defined as “training service” such as eg. internship, seminary or training course.

PSNC is known for initiatives which aim to promote knowledge about digital libraries. An example of such activity is a “Digital Libraries” workshop which is organized since 2004. Apart from mentioned workshop, PSNC accomplishes also some trainings for dLibra software users and provides two e-learning courses: “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” and “Cooperation with Europeana”. All of three mentioned services were reported to the accreditation process. On the 4th July 2013 a session of the Professional Accreditation Committee PLA took place under the leadership of Ewa Kobierska-Maciuszko. During the debate, reports from the training services evaluation were examined. With great pleasure we inform that all 3 services received accreditations what is bound with gaining a 3-years valid certificate confirming high quality of those services.

New version of the Virtual Transcription Laboratory portal

A few days ago a new version of Virtual Transcription Laboratory portal has been implemented ( In the current version you can find some new functions and conveniences, also all mistakes reported by users were repaired.

Most important changes that were implemented:

  • transcription’s editor supports multicolumn documents f.ex. newspapers (this option is available in new projects),
  • lines verification mechanism was added, each line is connected to the information about whether it has been looked through or not,
  • the import of TIFF files mechanism was expedited,
  • the possibility to download transcription results in text format,
  • link to preview whole scan in transcription’s editor,
  • numbers of lines were added in a transcription’s editor view,
  • it is also possible to move lines to a certain position in transcription’s view (by giving its number),
  • a mail is sent to the project’s owner after finishing the batch OCR,
  • the information about changes author was added to a history view,
  • author of the project is an optional field in a formula of creating new project

Detailed note about release with all changes and adjustments can be found here.

Apart from changes mentioned above, a suggestions and improvements forum where you can inform us about your propositions of improvements in VTL and vote for other user’s ideas has started (it is available here). You can enter the forum using an orange bookmark “Your suggestion”, which appears in the right upper corner of the VTL site. We strongly encourage to report your ideas and vote for those already visible on forum. Further works on VTL will include functions which mostly appeal to users.

New scholarship cycle of DLF e-learning courses has just begun

New scholarship cycle of the two e-learning courses: “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” and “Cooperation with Europeana” running in frames of the Digital Libraries Federation has begun with the beginning of June. Courses were upgraded, enriched mostly with information about building digital collections, also an article about the Digitlab system was added. At the end of each subject there is an evaluation questionnaire in which you can express your opinion about the content of given element of the course. Courses were moved to the newest version of Moodle platform which offers also mobile access to the courses.

Present scholarship cycle will last 3 months and each participant has a possibility to gain a certificate testifying their participation. The only condition is getting positive marks at quizzes and fulfilling questionnaires (more information in courses).

LoCLoud project

LoCloud logo

In March 2013 LoCloud ( project has been launched. It is a Best Practice Network co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP program aimed at enhancing the Europeana content by adding over 4 million items form European cultural institutions. On 19-20th March, at the National Archives of Norway in Oslo, project was officially launched. The meeting gathered 32 partners from 28 different countries to present, plan and discuss the activities of the project over the next three years. Content from small and medium local institutions such as museums, archives and libraries is still underrepresented in the digital European area. Cloud-based technology could offer an affordable and user-friendly solution for making their content available on-line.

Project aims to develop cloud-based technology and services to help small and medium local institutions to aggregate their digital resources and make them accessible on-line, via, the European Library, Museum and Archive. The project will explore the potential of a cloud-based technology infrastructure for aggregating local content. It will also develop a number of micro-services offering geo-location and metadata enrichment, multilingual vocabularies for local history and archaeology, a historical place name gazetteer and a Wikimedia application to handling relevant ‘crowd-sourced’ content.

LoCloud relies on a large group of technical partners, content providers, aggregating services and partners with specific expertise which make together a very strong consortium.

New functions of the Virtual Transcription Laboratory portal


We can gladly inform about the release of the newest version of the Virtual Transcription Laboratory (

This version contains new functions and correction of errors reported by users. Among most important changes there are:

  • the possibility to export the results of work in a ePUB file,
  • share project only with chosen VTL users,
  • support for scans in TIFF format (after uploading they will be automatically converted into the PNG/300DPI format),
  • changes in transcription editor dialogue,
  • a number of corrections in outcome hOCR files,

Full list of changes with screens can be found on our wiki:

New edition of DLF’s e-learning courses

Today we have started a new edition of Polish e-learning courses “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” and “Cooperation with Europeana“. Both courses are available in e-learning area of Digital Libraries Federation portal. Second one was recently updated because of the Europeana portal development and works in ACCESS IT Plus project and for the first time is available in Polish. This edition will last 3 months from today until first days of January 2013. After finishing each of those free courses, participants may receive electronic certificates (separate for each course). The course “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” was really successful earlier, we hope that time limitation will impact positively on curse participants motivation ;-).  


Digitlab is an especially adapted operational system based on Linux Ubuntu. The main aim of its creation was to create a complete system which can be used for collections digitization with the usage of free and widely available tools. The system was based on Ubuntu in version 12.04 LTS and prepared with a tool called Remastersys. It can be downloaded as an ISO image and tried by recording it on pendrive or DVD without the necessity of installation on the computer.

Digitlab is an element of work results of project ACCESS IT Plus. ACCESS IT Plus. Among installed programs there can be found inter alia: ScanTailor (a tool for processing scanning results), gscan2pdf (scanning, creation of PDF&DjVu files with a support for Tesseract), magicktiler (tool enabling the creation of Zoomify images), the engine of OCR Tesseract with a support for Polish language, German Gothic fonts and much more. Apart from utility tools mentioned above, users will also find exemplary digital libraries created on base of DSpace, GreenStone and dLibra software. The full list of software installed in Digitlab system is published here.

In order to check the Digitlab possibilities , the usage of at least 4GB carrier and software such as Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator (Linux) or Universal USB Installer (Windows) or any other tool enabling to create a bootable carrier from downloaded ISO image is indispensable. In both those programs, apart form recording the image of the system, there can be created a disc space in which all changes made by the user will be saved if the system turn on with pendrive. While creating this space, it should be remembered that the bigger the space, the longer the time of system starting with pendrive is. Except turning on with pendrive, Digitlab may also be installed on computer and use it in work as a basic operational system.

The default language of the system is English. Additionally there are some other languages installed: Croatian, Serbian, Greek, Albanian, Turkish and Polish. All applications which were not installed from system packages, were placed in the catalog “/usr/apps/”. System can be successfully used for scholarships and daily work. The ISO image can be downloaded here.

Image which was used in this post comes from Missye Katolickie journal. It was published in 1882 and is available in Digital Library of Greater Poland.

E-learning course in DLF portal

Digital repositories for small memory institutions” – this free e-learning course has been gradually released since June 2011 within the portal of Digital Libraries Federation (DLF).

It contains information about organizing and leading the digitisation of different kinds of documents. One of its main aims is to help to create high-quality digital libraries and enable their promotion by sharing information about available resources with services like Europeana.

This course is first of all (but not only) directed to people working in small memory institutions such as public libraries and regional museums. It can also be a source of knowledge for students of specialisations such as librarianship and scientific information which are naturally related to branches of digitisation of resources and creation of digital libraries. Participants will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with a series of instructions discussing the way of implementation of typical digital librarian tasks, step by step. These are, i.e.: creation of descriptions for digitized objects; preparation of digital contents for web publication or promotion of digital objects on the Internet.

In the end of each subject, there is a quiz allowing participants to check their knowledge. Eventually, the course will contain several dozen modules grouped in 9 subjects;

By the end of the year 2011 participation in the course will not be encompassed with any strict time frames. Participants may choose any accessible subject, familiarize with it and check their knowledge in a quiz. According to the plan systematic training courses will be organized since 2012.

Information about the way of subscribing to the course can be found on Digital Libraries Federation portal: