One week ago (on 1st February 2013) a kick-off meeting of the Succeed project was held. The aim of this two-year project (2013-2014), supported by the EU (7th Framework Programme), is to foster the uptake of advanced tools and resources, being results of research and commercial activities. The main focus area is related to digitization, especially in the context of textual materials, which involves such institutions as libraries, museums and archives. Specialized OCR engines, dedicated linguistic resources or conversion services are only examples of the tools and resources facilitating digitisation process. These and other tools will be promoted by means of various events, including conferences, competitions and workshops. Selected tools will be used in real-life scenarios and validated in the existing digitization projects.
The project coordinator is University of Alicante. Other partners are: National Library of Netherlands, Dutch Institute for Lexicology, Fraunhofer IAIS, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, University of Salford, Foundation Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, French National Library and British Library.
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center will mainly focus on:
- support for the cultural heritage institutions in uptake of tools and resources in scope of the current digitization projects
- coordination of works related to recommendations on formats, standards and licensing models in the context of digitization of textual materials.
We have prepared a survey (in Polish) regarding digital objects’ MASTER copy preservation in Polish Digital Libraries. Results of the survey will be used in SYNAT project. Details can be found in Polish version of this post.
We invite you to fill in the questionnaire prepared by The National Library of the Netherlands. The questionnaire aims to discover the selection process, file formats, metadata standards and long-term-preservation used by libraries from all over the Europe.
The questionnaire is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Libraries_Digitisation
Thank you very much for taking the time to complete the survey!
At the beginning of the previous week (monday, March 22nd, 2010) students interested in computer science technologies from the technical collage from Wschowa visited Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. It was unusual possibility for them to see PSNC servers room and listen to lectures describing PSNC activities, including those related to digital libraries.
During the visit, PSNC Digital Libraries Team presented digital libraries basics and related information. During the lecture students had an opportunity to share their thoughts and remarks and ask questions concerning specific topics. Students paid a special attention to the old photos and crest of Wschowa city, which are available in Polish digital libraries. They were also eager to see the WaybackMarchine from the InternetArchive.org portal.
Promotion of the digital libraries among children and youth is one of the activities lead by PSNC Digital Libraries Team. Such events have a great meaning in terms of the current unsatisfactory level of awarness of digital libraries existence among young people. We hope that our participation in initiatives such as XI Festival of Science and Art and Researchers’ Night will increase the awareness of young people in scope of the digital libraries and will urge them to discover treasures of Polish and European cultural heritage.