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State-of-the-art Tools for Text Digitisation

22nd September 2013 in Valetta, Malta [AM]


The goal of this tutorial (organised by the Succeed project1) is to provide a practical experience introducing participants to a number of state-of-the-art tools in digitisation and text processing which have been developed in recent research projects. The tutorial will focus on hands-on demonstration and on the testing of the tools in real-life situations, even those provided by the participants. The learning objectives are:

  • Gain practical insight of the most recent developments in text digitisation techniques.
  • Identify strengths and usability weaknesses of existing tools.
  • Reach a better knowledge on the effect of new tools and resources on the productivity.
  • Discuss the requirements and effects of their integration in the production workflow.

This tutorial will give participants a unique opportunity to gather information about tools created in research projects, to test and evaluate their usability and to find out how to benefit from the usage of these tools. Conversely, researchers will benefit from practitioner comments and suggestions.

Further information about the tools demonstrated and the tutorial program will be posted on

The tutorial is intended for librarians, archivists or museum staff involved in text digitisation. Attendees might have basic knowledge in digitisation strategies.


Bob Boelhouwer, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie - INL

He is a computational linguist. He holds a PhD: From letter strings to phonemes: the role of orthographic context in phonological recoding, 1998. Relevant experience e.g.: integration of lexical resources, and implementing tools to explore lexical resources.

Adam Dudczak, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Centre - PSNC

Holds a Master degree in Computer Science, he is a member of Digital Libraries Team ( a division of PSNC. He is leading the development of Virtual Transcription Laboratory (VTL, Portal integrating custom cloud-based OCR with handy editing interface which allows for crowdsourcing of text correction. Apart from this Adam is working on development of the e‐learning materials related to digital libraries and digitisation, created during the ACCESS IT and ACCESS IT plus ( projects. These courses include e-learning materials and a dedicated operating system -- DigitLab ( which integrates free and widely known tools useful in digitisation of various kinds of documents (including textual objects). Adam is also an experienced trainer, who had a chance to work with various communities in the area of digital libraries and software development.

Sebastian Kirch, Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme – IAIS

Received his diploma in information technology from the University of Marburg in 2009, majoring in the field of distributed systems. At Fraunhofer IAIS he is working on the design and implementation of distributed software applications for document analysis and enrichment. Sebastian has been active in several research projects; most recently as project leader in the BMBF-funded (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project "MediaGrid".

Platinum sponsor

Government of Malta - Ministry for Finance

Golden sponsor

Malta Tourism Authority Visit Malta

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