Monday, May 19

8.00-9-00: Registration

Online pre-registration is required. Please, follow this link.

9.00-9.10: Welcome

Programme chairs and Director of the Biblioteca Nacional de España

9.10-9.30: Presentation by the BNE

9.30-11.00: Session 1. Document Analysis and OCR

  • Automatic Article Extraction in Old Newspapers Digitized Collections. David Hebert, Thomas Palfray, Pierrick Tranouez, Stéphane Nicolas and Thierry Paquet.
  • Document Representation Refinement for Precise Region Description. Christian Clausner, Stefan Pletschacher and Apostolos Antonacopoulos.
  • Recognition of Degraded Ancient Characters Based on Dense SIFT. Sajid Saleem, Fabian Hollaus and Robert Sablatnig.

11.00-11.10: Company presentation 1:

  • Contentra Technologies

11.10-12.00: Coffee break with exhibits

12.00-13.30: Session 2. Linguistic processing and encoding

  • Automated Assignment of Topics to OCRed Historical Texts. Klaus Schulz, Christoph Ringlstetter and Florian Fink.
  • An approach to unsupervised historical text normalisation. Petar Mitankin, Stefan Gerdjikov and Stoyan Mihov.
  • Reflections on Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities: Modelling in Practice and Theory. Arianna Ciula and Øyvind Eide.

13.30-13.40: Company presentation 2

  • Libnova

13.40-13.50: Company presentation 3

  • i2s Digibook

13.50-15.00: Lunch break

15.00-16.30: Session 3. Postcorrection

  • Correcting Noisy OCR: Context beats Confusion. John Evershed and Kent Fitch.
  • User-driven correction of OCR errors. Combing crowdsourcing and information retrieval technology. Günter Mühlberger, Johannes Zelger, David Sagmeister and Albert Greinöcker.
  • PoCoTo - An Open Source System for Efficient Interactive Postcorrection of OCRed Historical Texts. Thorsten Vobl, Annette Gotscharek, Ulrich Reffle, Christoph Ringlstetter and Klaus Schulz.

16.30-16.40: Company presentation 4

  • Tecnilógica

16.40-17.00: Tea with exhibits

17.00-18.20: Panel session: IPR and digitised content

18.20: End of first Digitisation Day

Tuesday, May 20


Session 4. Best practices and experiences

  • Construction of a Text Digitization System for Nôm Historical Documents. Truyen Van Phan and Masaki Nakagawa.
  • OCR of Historical Printings of Latin Texts: Problems, Prospects, Progress. Uwe Springmann, Dietmar Najock, Hermann Morgenroth, Helmut Schmid, Annette Gotscharek and Florian Fink.
  • Digital Editions and Diplomatic Diagrams. Christine Roughan.
  • Cataloging for a billion word library of Greek and Latin. Gregory Crane, Bridget Almas, Alison Babeu, Lisa Cerrato, Anna Krohn, Frederik Baumgardt, Monica Berti, Greta Franzini and Simona Stoyanova.

Round table: Future research for the digital library: a roadmap.

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11.00-11.10: Company presentation 5


11.10-11.50: Coffee break with exhibits

11.50-13.00: Panel session: The digitisation of cultural heritage: modern utopia?

  • Milagros del Corral, UNESCO
  • Jill Cousins, Europeana
  • Michael Keller, Stanford University Library
  • Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University
  • Giuseppe Abbamonte, European Commission

13.00-14.00: Succeed awards and closing ceremony

Awards delivered by a representative of the Banco Santander with the Succeed Expert Advisory Board. Communications by the Impact Centre of Competence, the European Commission, and guest authorities.

14.00-15.30: Lunch

15.30-17.00: Session 5. Enrichment

  • Wittgenstein’s Nachlass: WiTTFind and Wittgenstein Advanced Search Tools (WAST). Maximilian Hadersbeck, Alois Pichler, Florian Fink and Øyvind Liland Gjesdal.
  • Estimating and Rating the Quality of Optically Character Recognised Text. Beatrice Alex and John Burns.
  • A Bimodal Crowdsourcing Platform for Demographic Historical Manuscripts. Alicia Fornés, Josep Llados, Joan Mas, Joana Maria Pujades and Anna Cabré.

17.00-17.20: 1-minute poster teaser

17.20-18.30: Poster session and cocktail

  • Handwritten text recognition for historical documents in the tranScriptorium project. Joan Andreu Sánchez, Vicent Bosch, Verónica Romero, Katrien Depuydt and Jesse de Does
  • OCR correction of documents generated during Argentina’s National Reorganization Process. Paula Estrella and Pablo Paliza
  • Computer-assisted Transcription of a Historical Botanical Specimen Book: Organization and Process Overview. Vicent Bosch, Isabel Bordes Cabrera, Paloma Cuenca Muñoz, Celio Hernández Tornero, Luis Leiva, Moisés Pastor Gadea, Verónica Romero, Alejandro Toselli and Enrique Vidal
  • H-DocPro: A Document Image Processing Platform for Historical Documents. Basilis Gatos, Nikolaos Stamatopoulos, Georgios Louloudis and Stavros Perantonis
  • Semantics in Storytelling in Swedish Fiction. Dimitrios Kokkinakis, Mats Malm, Jenny Bergenmar and Ann Ighe
  • From lighthouse to framework: visualising digital scholarly editions with pathways and histories. Nicholas Hayward
  • Creation of custom recognition profiles for historical documents. Adam Dudczak, Aleksandra Nowak and Tomasz Parkoła
  • An Adaptive Zoning Technique for Efficient Word Retrieval Using Dynamic Time Warping. Alexandros Papandreou, Basilis Gatos and Georgios Louloudis
  • Highly interactive and natural user interfaces: Enabling visual analysis in historical lexicography. Roberto Theron, Carlos Seguín, Laura de La Cruz and María Vaquero
  • On OCR ground truths and OCR post-correction gold standards, tools and formats. Martin Reynaert
  • Automated Page Layout Simplification of Patrologia Graeca. Bruce Robertson, Christoph Dalitz and Fabian Schmitt
  • PIVAJ: displaying and augmenting digitized newspapers on the Web Experimental feedback from the "Journal de Rouen" Collection. David Hebert, Thomas Palfray, Stéphane Nicolas, Pierrick Tranouez and Thierry Paquet
  • An open-source OCR evaluation tool. Rafael C. Carrasco
  • Logical Structure Recognition for Heterogeneous Periodical Collections. Iuliu Konya and Stefan Eickeler
  • Data Processing and Lemmatization in Digitized 19th-Century Czech Texts. Karel Kučera and Martin Stluka
  • Using Ancestral Layout Models for Document Digitization. Hervé Déjean

18.30-18.50: Wrap up

18.50: End of the Digitisation Days