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Research reportOne of the most important stages in any digitisation project is to design and implement a consistent approach to capturing digital images. How an institution does this will to a large extent depend on what kind of material it wants to digitise, the aim for which it digitises, available funds...
IMPACT Project ; Fitzgerald, Neil ; Mühlberger, Günter ; Anderson, Niall
Research reportMuseums, Libraries and Archives have been digitising their collections for more than twenty years, but industrial digitisation – the conversion of millions of information resources into digital form – is still a relatively young field. For that reason, many institutions lack the internal knowledge or physical resources to manage large-scale...
IMPACT Project ; Zechmeister, Gerd ; Fischer, Mark-Oliver ; Anderson, Niall ; Fitzgerald, Neil
Research reportMass digitisation involves the transformation of huge amounts of information from one form to another. The act of digitisation necessitates the creation of still more information – not only the new digital object itself, but information about what the object is, where it fits within a collection, where it is...
IMPACT Project ; Fitzgerald, Neil ; Anderson, Niall
Research reportDigitisation projects take in expertise from a wide variety of institutional sources, from subject curators and preservation staff, hardware and software specialists, to experts in intellectual property law. Depending on the physical capacity of the institution and the size and type of the collections to be digitised, the process may...
IMPACT Project ; Conteh, Aly ; Fitzgerald, Neil ; Anderson, Niall
Research reportIt may not possible or practical to find certain rights owners and so gain their permissions. If their material is still required for the project, it is important therefore to be able to identify and mange the risks involved in using a third party’s material where no permission has been...
IMPACT Project ; White, Ben ; Fitzgerald, Neil ; Anderson, Niall
Research reportCase Studies of Mass Digitisation QA: Quality control system for mass digitisation at the Bibliothèque National de France and Microsoft Digitisation Project (MDP) at the British Library.
IMPACT Project ; Cron, Geneviève ; Fitzgerald, Neil ; Anderson, Niall
The Present Past of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Archaeology in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967As in many contested regions, the past is always present in the Middle East conflict. Here, however, the past has far greater weight than any other region, and archaeologists are those that give the distant past a palpable, physical expression. In this sense, archaeology and politics have always been intertwined....
Greenberg, Raphael ; Keinan, Adi
Research reportScientific advances, the availability of powerful new information and communications technologies, and new policies governing research funding have brought major changes for life science researchers. Together these developments have significantly altered both their needs and their practices in acquiring, generating and using information resources. In this context, our key aim...
Research Information Network ; British Library ; Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation ; Digital Curation Centre
Research reportEric Robinson, consultant to Sir Colin Wilson, the architect of the British Library, and a former University College London lecturer and urban geologist produced a free BL booklet several years ago entitled 'A Geology of the British Library' in which he drew our attention to the beautiful geological and paleontological...
Research reportA core piece of work in IMPACT lies in the development of novel software techniques for a number of tasks connected to Optical Character Recognition (OCR), such as image enhancement, segmentation and postprocessing, as well as in the improvement of existing OCR engines and experimental prototypes. The variety of platforms...
Neudecker, Clemens ; Dogan, Mustafa ; Schlarb, Sven