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.
The 4th ongoing edition of Polish Digital Libraries Federation e-learning courses ended in June. We received lots of important opinions about content and quality of courses through questionnaires filled by users at the end of each subject. “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” had 82 participants; 30 people registered for the shorter one, “Cooperation with Europeana”. Similarly to previous editions, participants who passed all tests and filled the questionnaires, had a possibility to gain a certificate confirming completion of the course and the note they have reached.
“Cooperation with Europeana” was averagely rated for 4,6 (in 5 grades scale), which is almost the same as in previous editions. Most of participants acknowledged that presented subjects will be useful for their profession and that they are satisfied with the course. We asked participants where did they get to know about the course and it came out that most of them heard about it from their boss or tutor. We got to know also that librarian is the most often profession among participants.
The second one, longer course “Digital repositories for small memory institutions” got also an average rate of 4,6. As far as the source of knowledge about course is concerned, most people got it from various websites, some participants also knew it from their boss/tutor or facebook. As in the Europeana course, librarian is the most often profession.
We received quite a few remarks about content and quality of courses, sometimes they were inconsistent. Lots of participants insist on more practical examples and more accurate review of some issues, but on the other hand, some opinions were about that there is too much knowledge and unnecessary subjects in courses for the work of given participants. It is very difficult to strike a happy medium and make the course suitable for everyone. However, we will consider all valuable comments and we will try to implement new, flexible solutions in the next training course.
Registration for new users was closed and we do not give certificates till the beginning of the next scholarship cycle.
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
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) joins the Open Planets Foundation (OPF) as an affiliate member.
‘PSNC brings new expertise and tools to the OPF membership’, explained Ed Fay, Executive Director of OPF. ‘They have developed dArceo, a long-term preservation system (http://dingo.psnc.pl/darceo/) which is already used by a number of institutions in Poland to preserve their digital content. As part of their membership contribution they will publicise the service as an open source package. In addition, PSNC will submit improvements to the FITS (http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/fits) code base, a tool which is widely used by both OPF members and the wider community’.
‘As we speak about long-term preservation, our long-term goal is to improve PSNC’s excellence in the field and share our expertise and tools with the preservation community’ said Tomasz Parkoła, long-term preservation specialist, and member of PSNC’s Digital Libraries Team. ‘We believe that OPF can help us bring this to reality, by providing an excellent collaboration and networking environment. We are especially looking forward to sharing knowledge, creating new initiatives, investigating new ideas and running new projects. Our main focus is obviously on research and development activities.”
The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center is a public ICT research and development institution working on broad range of topics, including network, storage, computing, applications and network services. It has been active in the long-term preservation and archiving domain for several years.
PSNC becomes the 19th member of Open Planets joining libraries, archives, research institutions, universities, and service providers collaborating on shared approaches to digital preservation.
Just to introduce Succeed Awards, those prizes are to recognise the successful implementation of a digitisation programme, especially those exploiting the latest technology and the output of research for the digitisation of historical text. The decision for the Succeed Awards has been published at http://succeed-project.eu/succeed-awards/awards-2014. Two main prizes went to the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library and Centre d’Études Supérieurs de la Renaissance. There was also a category ‘Commendations of Merit‘ in which Tecnilógica and London Metropolitan Archives – University College London were appreciated.
Candidates have been selected among 19 nominations world-wide. Succeed Awards will be delivered during the Digitisation Days (http://www.succeed-project.eu/digitisation-days), on the 20th of May in Madrid. The ceremony will be chaired by the President of the Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes and the Nobel-prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. Many very relevant personalities of the digitisation field and high-level representatives of the European Commission and the Government have confirmed their participation.
On the 10th and 11th of April 2014, the Succeed project will hold a hackathon at the University of Alicante. Its aim is to look for ways of improving state-of-the-art open-source tools for digitisation of textual content such as books and newspapers.
Over two days, developers will work together in small groups to discuss, roadmap and plan the future development of existing tools. Some of the topics up for discussion are:
- How to train the Tesseract OCR engine.
- Creation of XSLT stylesheets for format conversion, e.g. hOCR, PAGE, FRXML.
- Debian package generation.
This hackathon provides a unique opportunity to meet developers involved in digitisation projects from all over Europe. The PSNC representative will take part in the workshop. Participation in the event is free of charge, but to ensure it, you should reserve your place. Participants are also encouraged to take a look at last year’s hackathon’s outcomes and background information.
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.
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.
Two events coorganized by SCAPE project and OPF Events are coming soon. The first one is called ‘Preserving Your Preservation Tools’ and it will take place in the National Library of the Netherlands in Hague on 26th and 27th of March. This two-day training workshop is going to focus on preparing maintainable software packages, among others: core concepts and current practices for preparing such packages, covering important surrounding issues including documentation and licensing. Participants will get a hand-on experience of open source tools and services such as Vagrant, GitHub and Travis-CI. For more details about the event visit: http://wiki.opf-labs.org/display/SP/SCAPE+Training+Event+-+Preserving+Your+Preservation+Tools. Registration is available here.
Second event is called ‘Managing Digital Preservation’ and is a one-day seminar which will take place in the National Library & Archives of the Netherlands in Hague on 2nd April. It will focus on the issues that managers face when implementing digital preservation in their organisations. It aims to bring together managers who have responsibility for digital preservation, but who are not necessarily technical experts in this area. It is an opportunity to get to know different strategic approaches to digital preservation and to meet peers and experts from across Europe. One of the guest speakers will be the PSNC’s representative. Details about the seminar can be found here.
Next schooling cycle of Polish e-learning courses „Digital repositories for small memory institutions” and „Introduction to Europeana” has begun on February 6th 2014. Courses are available by the e-learning part of Digital Libraries Federation. As it was before, this cycle will last 3 months from February until May. After successful finishing each of those free courses and fulfilling questionnaires at the end of each lesson, participants can receive electronic certificates (separate for each course).
“Digital repositories for small memory institutions” one was enriched with new examples of digital libraries and collections, the lesson about digitization equipment was expanded and also some practical hints about preparing objects to scanning were added. Changes mentioned above are a result of last schooling cycle users feedback, we hope that they will have a positive impact on courese quality.