The IMPACT Centre of Competence offers its members online training (webinars) about crucial aspects of digitisation.
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is revolutionising access to digital objects of cultural heritage, by providing a standard for viewers and servers to implement. Hundreds of institutions (including many European National Libraries) are making their collections available using the new standard. As well as reducing costs of implementation, the emergence of IIIF for publishing digital objects (digitised books, maps, manuscripts, archives, artworks) is driving innovation and opening up new research possibilities for annotation, crowdsourcing and machine learning across collections.
Tom Crane (Digirati & IIIF Editorial Committee)
This webinar will focus on a selection of advanced imaging services which have been developed and used over the last years at the KU Leuven Libraries for the digitisation of documentary heritage. The presentation aims to demonstrate how a mid-range multispectral imaging set-up has step-by-step been fine-tuned towards a standardised acquisition procedure. In addition, the functionalities and dissemination strategies for the at the KU Leuven developed White Light and Multispectral Portable Light Dome system will be discussed in detail. Since its introduction, this advanced multi-light reflectance imaging method has been deployed with great success for many digitisation assignments on library materials. The webinar will show how these approaches are being integrated in the daily imaging activities and how they expand high quality imaging towards analytic documentation.
Bruno Vandermeulen, Hendrik Hameeuw (KU Leuven)
The slides of the webinar are available at our slideshare: https://www.slideshare.net/impactproject/advanced-imaging-services-at-ku-leuven-libraries-webinar-slides.
Marcin Werla, Head of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department at PSNC
Marcin Werla (M), M.Sc. in Computer Science, graduate of post-diploma studies in Project Management and in Service Design. Since 2002 working in PSNC, in the domain of digital libraries. Since 2014 Head of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department (PSNC Network Services Division). Participant of several national and international research and development projects. Co-author of tens of research papers. Steering Committee member of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries. Responsible for digital library products and services such as DInGO toolset, LoCloud Collections and Polish Federation of Digital Libraries. Closely cooperates with Europeana Foundation, Council Member of the Europeana Network Association. His professional interests include architecture of IT systems, aggregation and integration of heterogeneous distributed information resources, digital objects long term preservation and access, usage of cloud technologies in the public sector, management of software products and service design.
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The webinar consists of three building blocks:
We will demonstrate the main features of Transkribus using real world examples. Significant progress has been made in the last few years in the areas of layout analysis, handwritten text recognition and keyword spotting. Participants will hear about latest developments in the field and understand the main concepts behind them.
2. Content from users
Participants are encouraged to send us their images from any kind of document they are interested in or are working with. We especially welcome handwritten documents from archives. Please send these images either directly to Transkribus: <email@example.com>, or send them via WeTransfer.
In this session we will then talk about the options for how to process these images, especially in relation to your objectives and project plans.
In the last section participants will get an overview of the Transkribus Research Infrastructure, its background and further plans.
Günter Mühlberger, Universität Innsbruck
Together with these collections, all in public domain, Gallica gives access to digitised documents belonging to French partner libraries as well as a set of copyrighted documents in collaboration with the French Publishers Association, some publishers and e-retailers.
Jean-Baptiste Vaisman and Jean-Philippe Moreux
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Other training opportunities
The IMPACT Centre of Competence aims to provide a wide range of training opportunities for institutions engaged in or embarking on a text-based digitisation project or programme.