In the course of 2014, colleagues from various divisions of the University Library of KU Leuven (Belgium) were involved in testing tools for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and NER (Named Entity Recognition), developed in the framework of the Support action Centre for Competence in Digitisation (Succeed). Continue reading
The final evaluation of the Succeed project took place yesterday, 19th of February, at the University of Alicante during a meeting of the committee of experts appointed by the European Commission (EC) with the Succeed consortium members, formed by the University of Alicante, the Virtual Library Miguel de Cervantes Foundation, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, the Fraunhofer IAIS, the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, the University of Salford, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the British Library. The meeting was chaired by Cristina Maier, Succeed Project Officer from the European Commission.
The Impact Centre of Competence has just launched a new version of its Interoperability Framework tool, that includes important improvements. This tool has been developed by the Succeed Project, a support action funded by the European Union, that promotes the take up and validation of research results in mass digitisation, with a focus on textual content.
Delpher is a joint initiative of the Meertens Institute of Research and documentation of Dutch language and culture, the university libraries of Amsterdam (UvA), Groningen, Leiden and Utrecht, and the National Library of the Netherlands, to bring together the otherwise fragmented access to digitized historical text corpora.
The 2nd edition of the Succeed Awards recognised the successful evaluation and take-up of text digitisation tools implemented by the external libraries collaborating with the Succeed project. The awards were delivered during the Succeed Final Conference, that took place in the Bibliotèque national de France, in Paris, last 28th of November.
In the first block, after the introduction of Katrien Depuydt, WP3 leader, nine of the thirteen libraries participating in the Succeed evaluation and take-up of tools presented their results and shared their experience during their participation in the Succeed project. Continue reading
On November 28th, 2014, the Succeed project presented their results in its final conference “Succeed in digitisation. Spreading excellence”. This event took place in the Bibliothèque national de France, in Paris, and gathered near 70 experts in the field of digitisation and cultural heritage.
After the lunch break, the conference continued with the second block: ‘The future of digitisation: sustainability and roadmapping’. This block was introduced by Alicia Blaya, WP7 leader, who provided an overview of this WP and introduced the following sessions. Tomasz Parkola, leader of WP4 presented the highlights of this WP presenting best practices in the digitisation of CH: tools, formats and licensing.
The discussion went on the coffee break, and after that, the last block of the day started with the introduction of Hildelies Balk about the Impact Center of Competence.The second panel session of the conference took place. In this case, the panel session involved different European competence centres.
In early 2013, the Library Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences at KU Leuven (Belgium) produced a white paper concerning the role of libraries in digital scholarship (and, particularly, the digital humanities). This white paper described the current services provided by libraries at KU Leuven in the field of digital scholarship, but also discussed the opportunities and challenges ahead and identified a number of key areas on which the libraries concerned wanted to focus in the near future. Continue reading