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Excellent outputs of the Succeed project

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.

Succeed survey on tools for text digitisation


The Succeed project has recently launched an online survey on available tools for text digitisation. This survey currently contains over 200 tools and can be accessed at http://succeed-project.eu/publications/available-tools/. We kindly invite you to add your tools and participate in this community.

In addition, the DigitWiki was created and the further information on these tools, such as training materials, can be found there. Access is open and anyone is invited to contribute to these new resources. Further information on the Survey and the DigitWiki can be found at http://www.digitisation.eu/blog/digitwiki-new-place-share-information-digitisation/.

After the Succeed project is completed, both resources will be administrated by the Impact Centre of Competence, so a long-term sustainability is ensured.


Succeed in Digitisation Conference


On behalf of SUCCEED and IMPAC Center of Competence, Bibliothèque nationale de France ( BnF) is organizing on November 28, 2014 the conference “Succeed in Digitisation, spreading excellence”. SUCCEED is an EU funded project that promotes the take-up and validation of tools and resources for mass digitisation.

The conference schedule will focus on the following blocks based on the main outcomes of Succeed:

  •        Libraries’ experiences in the take-up of tools.
  •        Results on competitions (Succeed award).
  •        Roadmap for the future of digitisation in Europe.
  •        Interoperability of tools for text digitisation.
  •        Recommendations on formats, standards and licensing schemes related to digitisation.
  •        Panel discussions on digital humanities / digital conservation

Note: The final schedule will be online soon. Please register here. For further information, please visit http://succeed-project.eu/succeed-digitisation

Succeed survey on the use of licenses and innovative usages of digitised content

The Succeed project is undertaking a survey on the use of licenses in the field of digitisation and on innovative usages of digitised content. Please take a moment to fill it in: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LXEjvbgd6hzpY8blv1PWofGgWTm5HscN12oLhRTHPUA/viewform?usp=mail_form_link.

The aim of this survey is to gather information about current practices for licensing data, metadata and tools and on new trends in the exploitation of digitised content. This information will help us define recommendations for texts digitisation in Europe and worldwide. Fill in the survey and provide your e-mail if you wish to get an update on the results of this analysis: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LXEjvbgd6hzpY8blv1PWofGgWTm5HscN12oLhRTHPUA/viewform?usp=mail_form_link.

Please, respond before the end of June.

Succeed (http://succeed-project.eu) is a support action funded by the European Union. It promotes the take up and validation of research results in mass digitisation, with a focus on textual content.

Thank you very much,
The Succeed Team

Digital Library Conference

We invite you to participate in the Digital Library Conference which will be held in Slovakia from 1st to 3rd of April, 2014. It is already 15th edition of this conference which will discuss various activities in the area of Europeana, advanced ICT technologies for digital libraries and guidelines for digitization projects. During the conference two presentations will be given by PSNC representatives. One of them )”Cultural Heritage Institutions, Metadata Aggregators and The Cloud”) will present various approaches for applying cloud technologies to digital libraries. The other one (“Succeed with us: recommendations for mass digitization projects”) will present the results of Succeed project in the context of recommendations elaborated within one of its work packages (WP4). We warmly invite you to get familiar with the conference programme (http://www.schk.sk/wordpress/digital-library-english/preliminary-agenda/) and register (http://www.schk.sk/wordpress/digital-library-english/registration/).

Succeed completes his first year with good results


The first review of Succeed (Support Action Centre of Competence in Digitisation) took place over the last 24th and 25 February at the University of Alicante. It ended with a very positive assessment of the project development. Project has made an excellent progress in its first year, all deliverables has been accepted and it has exceeded expectations in some areas.

Succeed consortium members have participated during those days to submit the achievements and present the challenges for the coming year. Present during the meeting were: Rafael C. Carrasco, Project Coordinator; Isabel Martínez, Project Technical Manager; Ester Boldrini, Project Financial Manager; Clemens Neudecker, from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and WP2 coordinator; Katrien Depuydt, from the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie and WP3 co-leader; Sebastian Kirch, from The Fraunhofer IAIS and WP3 co-leader; Tomasz Parkola, from the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center and WP4 leader; and also Christian Clausner, from the University of Salford and WP5 leader; Alicia Blaya, from the Biblioteca virtual Miguel de Cervantes and WP7 leader; Elisabeth Freyre, From The Bibliothèque nationale de France and GA member, and Aly Conteh, from the British Library, GA member.

The review took place on the last day of the meeting and it was carried out by Cristina Maier, Succeed Project Officer from the European Commission, and the EC Reviewers Derek Law and Patricia Mergen.

DATeCH2014 Conference and Digitisation Days (Ddays)

Due to Ddays and DATeCH2014 celebration, on 19th and 20th May, the headquarters of the BNE (National Library of Spain) in Madrid will become a meeting place for top international experts in digitisation. Among other participants, Michael Keller, from the Stanford University, Milagros del Corral, from UNESCO, Jill Cousins, from Europeana; Frank Frischmuth, from German Digital Library, Steven Krauwer, from Utrecht University, and Andrew Prescott, from King’s College London will take part in the conference. Program in full at http://succeed-project.eu/digitisation-days/schedule. Register here.

Succeed survey: standards and formats in digitisation

Succeed project is undertaking a survey on standards and formats used in digitisation of textual documents. Please take a moment to fill it in: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16qvPbAZYUVmYz1MbeCGVcfxy0UXksr3-v5QQ7h3uETE/viewform
The aim of this survey is to gather information about your current practices for master files, delivery formats, metadata as well as OCR and emerging technologies. This information will then help us to define recommendations for texts digitisation in the European and worldwide context. Fill in the survey and provide your e-mail to get informed about results of our analysis: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16qvPbAZYUVmYz1MbeCGVcfxy0UXksr3-v5QQ7h3uETE/viewform
Please respond before September, 30th.
Succeed (http://succeed-project.eu) is a support action funded by the European Union. It promotes the take up and validation of research results in mass digitisation, with a focus on textual content.

Succeed project kick-off meeting

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.