IMPACT Project FAQ - Answers

Who are the partners in IMPACT?

The IMPACT Project consortium consists of 26 national and regional libraries, research institutions and commercial suppliers. The National library of the Netherlands (KB) is the coordinator of IMPACT. For more information on partners, please see http://www.impact-project.eu/about-the-project/partner-information/.

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What other projects/initiatives are you working with?

The IMPACT Project works together with two other projects/initiatives; Taverna, an open source family of tools for designing and executing workflows, created by the myGrid project and funded through the OMII-UK, and MyExperiment, a collaborative environment where scientists can publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others. For more information, please see http://www.impact-project.eu/about-the-project/coll/.

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I have a problem or query – How do I ask IMPACT for advice?

For online help you can contact IMPACT through the HelpDesk. Your question will be forwarded to the person best able to answer it, thus ensuring you receive a thorough and informative answer. For help within your institution or library, IMPACT can send a consultant to assist you where necessary. Please contact the Centre of Competence via impact(at)kb.nl for more information on the possibilities.

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Is IMPACT affiliated with Google?

The IMPACT Project is not affiliated with Google. However, many of the libraries within the IMPACT consortium have worked or are working with Google for their digitisation.

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How will IMPACT improve OCR recognition of historic texts?

IMPACT explores new approaches in areas such as image enhancement, segmentation, and document structuring, alongside existing and experimental OCR engines. Tools for language technology are being developed as well as historical lexica for nine European languages, to improve both OCR processing and information retrieval.

Three important technologies developed by IMPACT are:

  • New OCR software - Innovation of the ABBYY FineReader, the software most widely used for digitization in libraries, and IBM’s novel Adaptive OCR.
  • Correction using automation and collaboration - IBM’s automated validation/correction of results to boost productivity and efficiency of OCR results. The adaptive OCR engine automatically adapts itself to each specific book being digitized. In addition, IBM developed a collaborative platform for crowd computing, which represents a highly effective solution aimed at mobilizing wide masses of public volunteers willing to contribute to a single effort.
  • Advanced framework for new digitisation approaches - Other IMPACT partners are developing new approaches in areas such as image enhancement, segmentation, document structuring and existing as well as experimental OCR engines. Tools for language technology as well as historical lexica for nine European languages are being developed to improve both OCR processing and information retrieval. The new IMPACT framework also incorporates valuable testing and evaluation tools, which enable current and future developers to verify their progress against the existing state-of-the–art methods.

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What is going to happen to IMPACT at end of project?

One of the objectives of the IMPACT Project is to ensure that tools and services will be sustained after the end of the project. In order to achieve this, the IMPACT Project will become a Centre of Competence to provide a single access point for all European content holders and institutions involved in mass-digitisation and full-text generation. The IMPACT Project will also define strategies for the exploitation of the results during the project.

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What is the IMPACT Centre of Competence?

The IMPACT Project will set up a Centre of Competence to continue work after the project has ended. This Centre of Competence makes digitisation of historical printed text in Europe faster, cheaper and better, and provides tools, services and facilities for further advancement of the State of the Art in this field. The Centre will provide a single access point for all involved in mass-digitisation and full-text generation.

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How do I join the Centre of Competence?

The IMPACT Project is now in the process of selecting the possible ways to join or contribute to the Centre of Competence. If you are interested in joining, please send your contact details to impact(at)kb.nl.

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Can I reuse IMPACT material in my own projects and presentations?

All material from the IMPACT Project which is online will have an associated license which describes the usage rights. Please check the license and use accordingly.

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I live/work outside the EU; can I still benefit from the project outputs?

Yes, anyone working with or in the field of digitisation can benefit from project outputs. Currently, it is possible to ask questions using the HelpDesk or use the material made available on the website. As soon as the Centre of Competence has been set up more material will become available.

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Do you provide consultation services?

For online help you can contact IMPACT through the HelpDesk. Your question will be forwarded to the person best able to answer it, thus ensuring you receive a thorough and informative answer. For help within your institution or library, IMPACT can send a consultant to assist you where necessary. Please contact the Centre of Competence via impact(at)kb.nl for more information on the possibilities.

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How do I join the mailing list?

To join the mailing list, please send an e-mail to impact(at)kb.nl with your contact details. It is also possible to join IMPACT’s LinkedIn group where all information is also posted and discussion encouraged.

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