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Monday 6 April 2009


Tuesday 7 April 2009



Monday 6 April

Registration starts from 9.00 onwards. The conference will be opened at 10.00.



  • Welcome and opening of the conference by Hans Jansen (Director e-Strategy, KB and Chair of the IMPACT General Assembly)
  • Digitisation of cultural resources: European actions and the context of IMPACT by Pat Manson, Head of Unit 'Cultural heritage and technology enhanced learning' of the European Commission
  • Introduction to IMPACT by Hildelies Balk (KB)
  • Library challenges for mass digitisation by Astrid Verheusen (KB)


Lunch at the KB between 12.30 and 13.30



  • Measuring the OCR Accuracy across The British Library 2 Million Page Newspaper Archive by Simon Tanner (King’s College London)
  • Adaptive OCR by Asaf Tzadok (IBM)
  • A User Friendly Platform for Document Image Enhancement and Segmentation by Basilis Gatos (NCSR)
  • Language Technology for Improving OCR on Historical Texts by Klaus Schulz (LMU)
  • Discussion panel on OCR challenges with Asaf Tzadok, Simon Tanner, Claus Gravenhorst, Günter Mühlberger and Astrid Verheusen
  • Wrap-up of the first day by Günter Mühlberger (UIBK)


Conference dinner from 19.00 onwards at Beach restaurant Oase in Scheveningen. Please make sure to bring warm clothes since the dinner will take place at a (semi) outdoor location. The restaurant can be reached via tram 9 which stops next to the KB at The Hague Central Station.



Tuesday 7 April

The programme will commence at 10.00.



  • Summary of day one and introduction to the second day by Aly Conteh (BL)
  • Many Hands Make Light Work: Collaborative OCR Text Correction in Australian Historic Newspapers by Rose Holley (National Library of Australia)
  • Future challenges for OCR technology by Claus Gravenhorst (CCS)


Lunch at the KB between 12.45 and 13.45



Achievements of IMPACT year 1:


Parallel sessions on:

  • IMPACT as a Centre of Competence: Towards a Sustainable Centre of Competence in Mass Digitisation of Historical Printed Text 
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Mass Digitisation: How Technology Can Meet Libraries’ Needs
  • Mass digitisation at the KB (guided tour)


The final wrap up of the conference by Hildelies Balk will end at 17.30


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