The IMPACT Centre of Competence in Digitisation is a not for profit organisation, comprised of public and private institutions, with the mission to make the digitisation of historical printed text “better, faster, cheaper”. It provides tools, services and facilities to further advance the state-of-the-art in the field of document imaging, language technology and the processing of historical text.

IMPACT is governed by a Board of institutions (premium members) and it is located at the facilities of the Fundación General de la Universidad de Alicante in Alicante. The daily management of the IMPACT Centre is performed by a Manager, a Director, a Scientific and Technological Director and the Chair of the Executive Board.


Executive Board

Frieda Steurs (Chair)
Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal

Hélène Berges
Bibliothèque nationale de France

Neil Fitzgerald

Neil Fitzgerald
The British Library

Tineke Koster
Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Tomasz Parkola

Tomasz Parkola
Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center

Rafael Carrasco

Rafael Carrasco
Universidad de Alicante

Management Board

Katrien Depuydt Representing the Chair of the Executive Board

Sally Chambers

Tomasz Parkola

Tomasz Parkola
Scientific and Technological Director

Gustavo Candela Representing the hosting institution

Isabel Martínez

Members of the Board

Contact info

The IMPACT Centre of Competence has its headquarters at Fundación General de la Universidad de Alicante.

Universidad de Alicante, Campus San Vicente del Raspeig
03690 – San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante (SPAIN)

For general information about IMPACT Centre of Competence, please contact us at:


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