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The lifecycle of a digital historical document: structure and content

Antonacopoulos, A, Wiszniewski, B, Krawczyk, H and Karatzas, D 2004, The lifecycle of a digital historical document: structure and content , in: ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng'04), 28-30 October 2004, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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Abstract

This paper describes the lifecycle of a digital historical document, from template-based structure definition through to content extraction from the scanned pages and its final reconstitution as an electronic document (combining content and semantic information) along with the tools that have been created to realise each stage in the lifecycle. The whole approach is described in the context of different types of typewritten documents relating to prisoners in World-War II concentration camps and is the result of a multinational collaboration under the MEMORIAL project funded (€1.5M) by the European Union (www.memorialproject.info). Extensive tests with historians/archivists and evaluation of the content extraction results indicate the superior performance of the whole semantics-driven approach both over manual transcription and over the semi-automated application of off-the-shelf OCR and the use of a conventional (text and layout) document format.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Publisher: ACM Press
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Data Mining and Pattern Recognition Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng'04), Milwaukee, USA, October 28-30, 2004,
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009 14:38
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/887

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