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Data capture Jisc digitisation programmes OCR Projects 2006-2009

The challenges of “useful” OCR

The National Archive’s digitisation project, British Governance in the 20th century – Cabinet Papers, 1914-1975, has been grappling with issues of “useful” OCR. It might be stating the obvious, but accurate OCR is as useful as the search results it produces. If OCRd text consistently misspells particularly relevant key words for retrieving certain documents, than […]

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Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2006-2009

Digitisation Project Plans

A project plan might not be the most exciting document to read, but it can reveal in depth details about how a digitisation project aims to proceed. Most of the sixteen projects in the programme have now published their plans on the JISC website. Click on the appropriate project name from the digitisation page on […]

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Business models Projects 2006-2009

On “Good Terms”

Next week (6 December) will see the launch of the beta version of Electronic Ephemera: Digitised Selections from the John Johnson Collection at Online Information 2007, London. This new e-resource is part of the JISC Phase Two Digitisation Programme and features selections from the Bodleian Library’s John Johnson Collection, one of the most important collections […]

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Business models Projects 2006-2009

In the news: Guardian launches digital archive

More than 150 years of  Guardian and Observer back copies have been made available online  with the launch of the paper’s digital archive.  The archive allows users to search for free the full text of the newspaper from 1821 to 1975 and the Observer from 1900 to 1975 (a second phase early next year will see […]

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Jisc digitisation programmes Podcasts Projects 2006-2009

Podcast: live from the launch of the East London Theatre archive

Lord Rix – the actor-manager Brian Rix of Whitehall farce fame – his wife Baroness Rix (the actress Elspet Gray) and Roland and Claire Muldoon, theatre pioneers with the New Variety group at the Hackney Empire, were among more than 100 guests from showbusiness and education at the launch of the East London Theatre archive […]

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Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2006-2009

Massive £12m boost for digitisation of national scholarly resources

JISC today announced the successful bids in a further £12m investment in the digitisation of major resources of national importance. Following the enormous interest in last year’s call for proposals and the high quality of the many bids received, the extra investment has been made by HEFCE to support the wider availability of national, scholarly […]