At the end of May 2012 the 7th SEEDI (South-Eastern European Digitisation Initiative) conference was held in the city of Ljubljana in Slovenia. The conference treated about the issues related to digitisation and is focused on the south-eastern part of Europe.
During the conference multiple interesting speeches were performed. The keynote speaker Jill Cousins (Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation) introduced a new vision of Europeana portal, which will be based on cloud computing technologies and focused on the users needs and their improved experience. The other sessions included the topic of public-private partnership in scope of the digitisation basis on experience gained by the Austrian National Library. The conclusions and crucial aspects of such projects were described. The representative of the Czech National Library presented their approach for coordination of mass digitisation project and avoiding duplication of digitisation efforts. Various digitisation projects were presented, including those performed in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. The topic of digitisation workflow management and long-term preservation was tackled by the representative of Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, who introduced dLibra and dMuseion tools as well as dLab tool for digitisation workflow management and dArceo services for long-term preservation. The OCR challenges has been also presented, including the problems with OCR of historical documents such as old printed books or even manuscripts.
The conference program with additional information is available at: http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/nukeng4.asp?id=483558290