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IMPACT

Project reference: 215064
Funded under

IMProving ACcess to Text

From 2008-01-01 to 2012-06-30 | IMPACT Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 16 563 683

EU contribution:

EUR 12 163 911

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

IMPACT will push innovation in OCR and language technologies for historical document processing and retrieval and build digitisation capacity in Europe

Text that is not digital is virtually invisible. Today's readers search the internet for electronically accessible texts rather than visit the reading room of a library. Born-digital and digitised contemporary materials contain the richness that allows tools such as text mining and the semantic web to offer superior accessibility but the story is very different for historic documents. A vital part of the European heritage, encompassing more than four centuries of historic books and bound periodicals is becoming less and less visible to the public at large.

With the i2010 vision of a European Digital Library, the EU has launched an ambitious plan for large scale digitisation projects transforming Europe's printed heritage into digitally available resources. However, lack of institutional knowledge and expertise slows down the pace with which this vision can be realised. The state of the art in OCR performance and machine understanding of the original document is inadequate, especially for historically important material with archaic fonts and spellings, newspapers with complex layouts, bound volumes, microfilm or typescript.

The IMPACT project will remove many of these barriers. The project will push innovation in OCR technology and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval, and share expertise to build capacity in digitisation across Europe. During the project, a Centre of Competence will be set up in order to provide a central service entry point for all libraries, archives and museums involved in the digitisation of textual material.

The consortium brings together twenty-six national and regional libraries, research institutions and commercial suppliers who will share their know-how and best practices, develop innovative tools to enhance the capabilities of OCR engines and the accessibility of digitised text and lay down the foundations for the mass-digitisation programmes that will take place over the next decade.

Objective

Text that is not digital is virtually invisible. Today's readers search the internet for electronically accessible texts rather than visit the reading room of a library. Born-digital and digitised contemporary materials contain the richness that allows tools such as text mining and the semantic web to offer superior accessibility but the story is very different for historic documents. A vital part of the European heritage, encompassing more than four centuries of historic books and bound periodicals is becoming less and less visible to the public at large.With the i2010 vision of a European Digital Library, the EU has launched an ambitious plan for large scale digitisation projects transforming Europe's printed heritage into digitally available resources. However, lack of institutional knowledge and expertise slows down the pace with which this vision can be realised. The state-of-the-art in OCR performance and machine understanding of the original document is inadequate, especially for historically important material with archaic fonts and spellings, newspapers with complex layouts, bound volumes, microfilm or typescript.The IMPACT project will remove many of these barriers. It brings together fifteen national and regional libraries, research institutions and commercial suppliers - all centres of competence with unequalled experience of large-scale text digitisation processes and technologies. The project will let them share their know-how and best practices, develop innovative tools to enhance the capabilities of OCR engines and the accessibility of digitised text and lay down the foundations for the mass-digitisation programmes that will take place over the next decade. This project will facilitate a more collaborative approach to mass-digitisation. It will build capacity and lower the barriers to entry for organisations in the early stages of their own digitisation activity.

Related information

Coordinator

KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 367 128


PRINS WILLEM ALEXANDERHOF 5
2595 BE DEN HAAG
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Hildelies Balk
Tel.: +31 70 3140138
Fax: +31 70 3140 427
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 818 358


INNRAIN
6020 INNSBRUCK
Austria
Administrative contact: Kurt Habitzel
Tel.: +43-512-5079051
Fax: +43-512-5072607
E-mail
OESTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 619 995


JOSEFSPLATZ 1
1015 WIEN
Austria
Administrative contact: Maria Bernklau
Tel.: +43-1-53410-221
Fax: +43-1-53410-211
E-mail
NACIONALNA BIBLIOTEKA SV SV CYRIL I METODIJ (St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library)
Bulgaria

EU contribution: EUR 30 000


Vasil Levski blvd
1037 Sofia
Bulgaria
Administrative contact: Tatyana Dimitrova
Tel.: +359 2 846 7480
Fax: +359 2 843 54 95
E-mail
INSTITUTE FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Participation ended
Bulgaria

EU contribution: EUR 66 800


G BONCHEV STREET
1113 SOFIA
Bulgaria
Administrative contact: Stoyan Mihov
Tel.: +359 896 616 366
Fax: +359 2 870 72 73
E-mail
INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Bulgaria

EU contribution: EUR 0


Acad. G .Bonchev
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria
Administrative contact: Stoyan Mihov
Tel.: +359 896 616 366
E-mail
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 32 600


Ovocny trh
11636 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Karel Kučera
Tel.: +420224241490
Fax: +420 224 491 895
E-mail
NARODNI KNIHOVNA CESKE REPUBLIKY
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 35 345


KLEMENTINUM 190
110 01 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Tomas Foltyn
Tel.: +420 281 013 320
Fax: +420 281 013 107
E-mail
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 738 800


WILHELMSPLATZ
37073 GOETTINGEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Hiltraud Casper-Hehne
Tel.: +49 551 39 7157
Fax: +49 551 39 13383
E-mail
DEUTSCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 310 325


ADICKESALLEE 1
60322 FRANKFURT
Germany
Administrative contact: Rolf Flormann
Tel.: 069-1525-2100
Fax: 069-1525-2002
E-mail
BAYERISCHE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 437 600


LUDWIGSTRASSE 16
80328 MUNCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Markus Brantl
Tel.: +49-89-28638244
Fax: -+49-89-2863826
E-mail
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 882 536


Geschwister-Scholl-Platz
80539 MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Klaus U. Schulz
Tel.: +49-89-21809700
Fax: +49-89-2180970
E-mail
BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE ESPANA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 28 640


Paseo de Recoletos
28071 Madrid
Spain
Administrative contact: Belén Llera
Tel.: +34 91 580 78 00
Fax: +34 91 516 89 28
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 70 350


CAMPUS DE SAN VICENTE RASPEIG
03690 ALICANTE
Spain
Administrative contact: Carolina Fernández Lopez
Tel.: +34 965903802
Fax: +34 965 903803
E-mail
FUNDACION BIBLIOTECA VIRTUAL MIGUELDE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 9 000


PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA
28046 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Rossanna Pinna
Tel.: +34 965 909 718
Fax: +34 965 909715
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 84 003


Rue Michel -Ange
75794 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Anne Florence Remy
Tel.: +33 383 856 042
Fax: +33 383 324 592
E-mail
BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE
France

EU contribution: EUR 209 172


QUAI FRANCOIS MAURIAC 11
75706 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Gérald Grunberg
Tel.: +33 153 795 910
Fax: +331 537 94 737
E-mail
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 971 493


Patriarchou Gregoriou Str.
15310 AGHIA PARASKEVI
Greece
Administrative contact: Marina Fontara
Tel.: +302106503096
Fax: +302106503139
E-mail
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 1 262 250


94 DERECH EM-HAMOSHAVOT
49527 PETACH TIKVA
Israel
Administrative contact: Efrat Shalom-Hillman
Tel.: +972-4-828-1101
Fax: +972-4-829-6111
E-mail
INSTITUUT VOOR NEDERLANDSE LEXICOLOGIE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 292 300


Matthias de Vrieshof 2-3, 2311 BZ
2300RA LEIDEN
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Petra Belt
Tel.: +31 71 5272474
Fax: +31 71 5272115
E-mail
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 58 080


Krakowskie Przedmiescie
00927 WARSAW
Poland
Administrative contact: Diana Pustula
Tel.: +48225524201
Fax: +48225524200
E-mail
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 66 550


NOSKOWSKIEGO 12-14
61704 POZNAN
Poland
Administrative contact: Agnieszka Dominiak
Tel.: +48 61 858 21 04
Fax: +48 61 852 59 54
E-mail
ABBYY PRODUCTION LLC
Russia

EU contribution: EUR 512 812


21 BRATISLAVSKAYA STREET, BUILDING 1
109451 MOSCOW
Russia
Administrative contact: Andrey Isaev
Tel.: +7 495 7833700
Fax: +7 495 7832663
E-mail
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia

EU contribution: EUR 74 300


Jamova
1000 LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Administrative contact: Jadran Lenarcic
Tel.: +386 1 4773 513
Fax: +38612519385
E-mail
NARODNA IN UNIVERZITETNA KNJIZNICA
Slovenia

EU contribution: EUR 50 100


TURJASKA
1000 LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Administrative contact: Alenka Kavčič-Čolić
Tel.: +3862001131
Fax: +386 1 4257 293
E-mail
THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 586 815


96 EUSTON ROAD
NW1 2DB LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Aly Conteh
Tel.: +442074127478
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 504 720


CLAVERTON DOWN
BA2 7AY BATH
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Hazel Wallis
Tel.: 00441225386822
Fax: 00441225383276
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 1 043 839


THE CRESCENT
M5 4WT SALFORD
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Apostolos Antonacopoulos
Tel.: +44 161 2952653
Fax: +44 161 2955575
E-mail
UNIVERSITE DE NANCY 2
Participation ended
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


Rue Baron Louis 25
54001 NANCY
France
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +00 0 000000
E-mail
Université de Lorraine
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


cours Léopold
54052 Nancy
France
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +33 169 08 90 9
Fax: +33 169 08 21 9
E-mail
Record Number: 85383 / Last updated on: 2016-04-08