IMPACT Centre of Competence in Text Digitisation - New Trends in eHumanities

Hildelies Balk, KB – Project Director and Clemens Neudecker, KB – Technical Project Manager


November 3, 2011

IMPACT Centre of Competence in Text Digitisation
Over the last few years mass-digitisation has become one of the most prominent issues in the museum, library and archive world. A number of leading institutions in Europe are undertaking large scale-digitisation projects, scanning millions of pages each year. High costs, inefficient sharing of best practise and tools not optimised for processing historical text often results in digitised material becoming available too slowly and in too small quantities from too few sources. The IMPACT project (2008-2011) has worked on removing these obstacles and pushed innovative ideas in OCR and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval.

IMPACT will continue as a Centre of Competence, with the aim to make digitisation of historical printed text in Europe better, faster, cheaper and provide the tools, services and mechanisms for further advancement in this field. The IMPACT Centre of Competence (launched on 25 October 2011) brings together leading lights involved in all aspects of digitisation and give invaluable access to a network of experts, research and content institutions throughout the industry.

More information can be found on the project website or on the newly launched Centre of Competence website

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