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Silvia Gstrein, University of Innsbruck …

Silvia Gstrein, University of Innsbruck
Cultural Heritage Online 2009, Florence, 16 December 2009

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  • 1. Selection preferences (MINERVA) Otherwise Popular Condition of unavailable material the originals material Appropriate Preservation for online viewing ? of delicate originals Other Copyright Project Costs digital & IPR theme versions [Clissmann 2004: MINERVA Good Practices Handbook]
  • 2. ? [source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/timetrax/376152628/] What happens to and who will take care of those materials not covered by the current projects? How can individual users‘ needs been considered in digitisation? Who will digitise books of minor languages or those from special or smaller collections or institutions? From the user´s point-of view: how can someone who needs a book in digital form receive this book, here and now, if it has not yet been digitized?
  • 3. EOD – the service Incorporation into Digital Library EOD button: digitising this book on request Library: scans & transfers images
  • 4. EOD: The Libraries‘ point of view Order Data Manager – Central database with web-interface Each library has access to its own orders only According to its needs each library is able to customise the website texts, automatically generated email texts, etc. Central management of credit card payments Digital Object Generator – Central service for generating eBooks OCR recognition (antiqua and gothic) Automated cover generation PDF & RTF delivery Abbyy XML for library Streaming link for download generation
  • 5. Who is currently offering the service?
  • 6. Co-ordinator: University of Innsbruck, Library More than 20 libraries from 10 countries
  • 7. EOD members University Libraries of Innsbruck, Graz and Vienna (2x), Austria Vienna City Library Bavarian State Library (Munich), University Libraries of Germany Regensburg, Greifswald, Berlin (Humboldt University), Saxon State Library (Dresden) Czech Moravian Library (Brno), Research Library in Olomouc, Republic National Technical Library, Library of the Czech Academy of Science Denmark Royal Library Estonia National Library, University Library of Tartu France Medical and Dental Academic Library of Paris Portugal National Library Slovakia University Library of Bratislava Slovenia National and University Library National Széchényi Library of Hungary, Library of the Hungary Hungarian Academy of Science
  • 8. EOD in „The European Library“
  • 9. Facts & Figures Quantities: – Approx. 3200 books = approx. 840.000 pages – 1900 customers – Top 3 libraries: 1 order / working day – Quite big differences between libraries Delivery time – average 7 working days Average price of order: about 5-10 EUR basic fee + 0,15–0,30 EUR per page
  • 10. Experiences Access to books Fast! otherwise inaccessible User reactions How can I get Good books from 20th quality! century?
  • 11. Used functions of EOD files (in % of respondents; n = 181, source: EOD user survey 2008) other unused Copy & Paste Full text search Print whole book Print single pages Browse & Zoom 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
  • 12. Reprints From the user’s point of view: one more click
  • 13. EC Culture programme PROJECT 2009-2013 Objectives: to enlarge the EOD network with new European members to take EOD as a best practice model for a European-wide cooperation, to train stakeholders to run a similar multinational cultural service to support intercultural dialogue among readers and users of historical books with the help of web 2.0 technology
  • 14. Future perspective: More „on demand“ products What we would like to realise: − Digitisation on demand for blind and visually impaired − Creation of „real“ eBooks with corrected full text approximating 100% accuracy
  • 15. Thank you for your attention! Silvia.Gstrein@uibk.ac.at

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