University of Gothenburg


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The University of Gothenburg is one of the major universities in northern Europe, with 37000 students and 5900 employees. The research conducted at the University of Gothenburg covers a very broad range, from developmental biology, logistics and gender studies to design and marine mammals.

Digitisation activities at the University Library of the University of Gothenburg started in the mid 1990s, when the University Library catalogue was converted to electronic form. Past projects and ongoing efforts of its digitization team include the processing of magazines, newspapers and rare books.

Språkbanken (the Swedish Language Bank) is a language technology research unit at the Dpt of Swedish of the University of Gothenburg, with widely recognized competence in the collection, development and distribution of Swedish natural language resources – in particular, text-corpora and lexica. One of the current focus points of research at Spåkbanken is the development of natural language resources and tools for older varieties of the Swedish language.

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The project “An open cloud service for Swedish language OCR” [Swe: “En fri molntjänst för OCR”] is currently carried out by Gothenburg University Library and Språkbanken (the Swedish Language Bank at the University of Gothenburg), with financial support from the National Library of Sweden. Its aim is to initiate an online OCR service for early swedish print, including material set in blackletter. The project combines the University Library’s digitization experience with Språkbanken’s language technological competence and resources. The project is committed to using open OCR technology.

Impact services

The IMPACT Centre of Competence provides a number of services to Members and Pay As You Go clients, focused on support in implementing OCR solutions and building competence in staff involved in digitisation activities.