Succeed project final technical review took place at the end of February in Alicante. Experts invited by the European Commission evaluated all project outcomes. The final assessment of the project was “excellent”, which means that “the project has fully achieved its objectives and technical goals for the period and has even exceeded expectations”.
Succeed supported take up and validation of research results applicable to digitization activities. The main achievements of the project include:
- Improved IMPACT Interoperability Framework with 40 tools integrated, currently deployed at the IMPACT Center of Competence.
- A searchable survey of more than 260 tools and resources useful in text digitization: http://succeed-project.eu/publications/available-tools/index-succeed
- Over 20 evaluations of the tools useful in digitization. The evaluations were done in a real-life scenarios by 13 libraries from Europe, including: Wielkopolska Biblioteka Cyfrowa (Poland), Biblioteca Histórica General de Salamanca (Spain), Wroclaw University Library (Poland), University Library of Bratislava (Slovak Republic), National Library of Finland (Finland), Biblioteca de la Universidad de Granada (Spain), University Library of Leuven (Belgium), University Library of Antwerp (Belgium), University Library of Darmstadt (Germany), Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (Spain), British Library (United Kingdom), Bibliothèque nationale de France (France), Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Netherlands)
- Two sets of recommendations for digitization projects, the first one related to standards and formats in digitization, the second one related to licensing schemes in digitization. Online summary can be found at http://www.digitisation.eu/training/recommendations-for-digitisation-projects/.
- Two contests and two editions of Succeed awards (in the second edition of Succeed awards University Library of Wroclaw received Commendation of Merit).
- Multiple events organized to disseminate and discuss the latest technology for digitization (three workshops, Digitisation Days, DATeCH conference as well as the ceremony of the Succeed awards).
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center participated in all work packages in the project, with the leading role in work package 4, that was related to normalization and standardization and produced two sets of Succeed recommendations.
We would like to invite you to attend the IMPACT event “Project Outcomes” on 26 June 2012, which will take place at the KB National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague. At this event, the IMPACT project outcomes will be presented by IMPACT staff, along with results of several pilots that have been conducted with some of the tools at IMPACT libraries in early 2012.
The IMPACT project (January 2008 – June 2012) is a European research project focused on innovating OCR software and language technology to improve the digitisation of historical printed text. IMPACT is led by the KB National Library of the Netherlands. Our group of partners includes several major European national libraries, universities, research centres and two private sector companies (ABBYY and IBM Haifa). IMPACT recently launched the IMPACT Centre of Competence (www.digitisation.eu), a productive network of experts in digitisation that will build on the research and development of partners from the IMPACT project and continue to improve access to text.
At the end of the project in June 2012, IMPACT is presenting the following results:
- The improved commercial OCR engine ABBYY FineReader 10 (the IMPACT FineReader)
- IBM’s Adaptive OCR engine with the CONCERT tool for OCR correction
- Computerlexica for 9 European languages and tools for lexicon building
- A digitisation framework for demonstrating and evaluating tools and results
- An invaluable dataset which can foster further research activities
- The Functional Extension Parser capable of decoding layout elements of books
- A postcorrection tool with text and error profiler
- Novel Approaches to preprocessing and OCR for future development
- The IMPACT Centre of Competence for digitisation
Attendance of this event is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register in advance through http://impactocr.eventbrite.com/
. The programme will be made available through this page in the near future.
Early in 2012 IMPACT Centre of Competence will gain its final shape and will be able to cooperate and help all interested in mass digitization. Because the initiative is an effect of the European IMPACT project, key roles in the centre initiation play project partners.
Five of the IMPACT project partners declared willingness to support IMPACT Centre of Competence and therefore became premium members with representatives in the management board. University of Alicante and Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library are the leaders. Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Centre, National Library of the Netherlands, National Library of France and Institute for Dutch Lexicology are premium members. PSNC is also responsible for hosting the wesite of the IMPACT Centre of Competence.
We encourage you to participate in the IMPACT Centre of Competence, either as leading premium member or basic member which benefits from the resources and tools developed within the IMPACT project. Details can be found on the official IMPACT Centre of Competence website: www.digitisation.eu.