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DigiCULT Regional Correspondents:
Alexander Hecht, Austria
Milena Dobreva, Bulgaria
Adolf Knoll, Czech Republic
Muriel Foulonneau, France
Efthimios Mavrikas, Greece
Katalin Dobó, Hungary
Anna Maria Tammaro, Italy
Zinaida Manzuch, Lithuania
Eelco Bruinsma & Johan Oomen,
Netherlands
Maria Sliwinska, Poland
Zoran Ognjanovic, Serbia and
Montenegro
If you would like to become a Regional
Correspondent for any country not already
represented, please contact the
DigiCULT.Info Content Editor, Daisy
Abbott. E-mail:
D.Abbott@hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk
beginning. We recognised in the Centre the
real partner for building our digital library,
implementing the standards for digital docu-
ments, and developing software and hardware
solutions for digital collections. There was
recent co-operation between the Library and
the Centre in testing Greenstone, the Open
Source software for digital libraries, downlo-
adable from http://www.greenstone.org.
This software is very close to being used in
the Digital National Library of Serbia ­ the
interface has been translated into Serbian
and demo collections have been created.
Along with the National Centre for
Digitisation, we are considering the possibili-
ties of writing our own software for a digital
library, which could meet our needs regar-
ding Serbian, Cyrillic and the representation
of documents.
Digitisation in the National Library of
Serbia will continue into the future.We have
a lot of holdings to digitise, which have huge
cultural value for a wider cultural space.We
hope that Serbian cultural heritage will
become a part of the world's digital treasures
and will be physically protected at the same
time.
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Digitization of National Heritage 2004
Dates: 3-5 June 2004
Venue: Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro.
The aim of this conference is to present and
exchange experiences with new information
technologies, standards and other fields in
the area of digitisation of cultural and scien-
tific heritage, and to facilitate future co-ope-
ration.
For more information, please visit
http://www.ncd.matf.bg.ac.yu or e-mail
ncd@matf.bg.ac.yu.
The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC,
http://www.oclc.org/) has assembled the knowledge
and expertise of over 100 experts from around the globe
to produce a high-level view of the current information
landscape.The report, entitled `The 2003
OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition', con-
siders the issues faced by libraries, museums and archives,
based on the input of information professionals along
with detailed research.The OCLC hope that the report
will assist in planning strategies for the future and
encourage a healthy discussion within the sector.
The report can be viewed online or ordered as a print
copy by visiting
http://www.oclc.org/info/escan/default.htm.
With the Association for Library and Information
Science Education (ALISE, http://www.alise.org/), the
OCLC has announced several new research grants in the
area of Information Science Research. For more details,
visit http://www.oclc.org/research/announcements/
2004-01-09.htm
It is possible that, instead of outsourcing time-consuming proofreading
of digitised documents, projects and institutions could now benefit from
free proofreading by enthusiastic volunteers. Project Gutenberg's
Distributed Proofreaders (http://pgdp.net/) have set up a model where
scanned images are presented online with raw OCRed text and volun-
teers are encouraged to proofread texts through their browsers. This
model is now being used not only by the PG e-books project
(http://gutenberg.net/), but by several other projects including the
Christian Classics Ethereal Library (http://ccel.org/), Project Runeberg
(http://runeberg.org/), and
Meyers Konversationslexikon (http://meyers-konversationslexikon.de/).
Lars Aronsson, of Project Runeberg, states: `The method makes a lot of
economic sense, not only because it uses volunteers, but also because it
allows a separation, in space and time, of the physical, mechanical, and
potentially automated scanning from the manual and time-consuming
labour of proofreading.'
For more information, see `Distributed Proofreading' by Dr G. B. Newby
and Charles Franks, available online at: http://www.ils.unc.edu/
~gbnewby/papers/jcdl_newby_dp-charlz3.pdf
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