A few days ago a new version of Virtual Transcription Laboratory portal has been implemented (http://wlt.synat.pcss.pl). 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.
In March 2013 LoCloud (http://locloud.eu) 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 Europeana.eu, 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.