Final IMPACT Conference on OCR, October 2011, The Hague

The final conference of the IMPACT project will take place on 24-25 October 2011 at the British Library in London, with the title:

“Digitisation & OCR: Better, faster, cheaper. Solutions of the IMPACT Centre of Competence and future challenges”

The IMPACT Project (Improving Access to Text) started on 1st January 2008 with the aim to significantly improve the accessibility of historical printed text. It planned to do this by pushing innovation in optical character recognition (OCR) and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval. IMPACT also aimed to remove the barriers that stand in the way of the mass digitisation of the European cultural heritage by sharing expertise and building capacity in digitisation across Europe.

In 2011 the IMPACT Centre of Competence will be launched, with the aim to make digitisation of historical printed text in Europe better, faster, cheaper, and provide tools, services and facilities for further advancement of the state of the art in this field.

Please join us for this two day conference to find out more about the project outputs and how you can use them in your own digitisation initiatives. Further details regarding this conference programme hosted by the British Library will become available later in the year. Registration is now possible at the following rates:

* Early bird rate of £100 GBP (max. 100 tickets), available until 1 July 2011
* Normal rate of £120 GBP, available from 2 July – 21 October

For bookings, please visit: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=BRITISHLIB&organ_val=25385 and click October.

It is also still possible to give us input on the topics and speakers you would like to see at this conference through the IMPACT LinkedIn discussion: Final conference 2011 at http://tinyurl.com/5sjk789.

This information, along with a brand new KB video on IMPACT, is also available from the IMPACT website: http://www.impact-project.eu/home/

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