Million Book Project

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Million Book Project

  1. 1. The Million Book Project (The Universal Library)
  2. 2. Project overview <ul><li>The Million Book Project (or the Universal Library), led by Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science and University Libraries strarted on 2003, aims to digitize a million books by 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 1.4 Million books have been digitized </li></ul>
  3. 3. Operational Centres <ul><li>22 scanning centres in India, including four mega-centres. </li></ul><ul><li>18 centres are running in China, including a mega-centre in a free-trade zone </li></ul><ul><li>Materials are also being scanned in Egypt, Hawaii, and Carnegie Mellon. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Main issues <ul><li>Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>Machine translation and summarization </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata (centralized vs. decentralized) </li></ul><ul><li>Information storage </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>OCR (for non-Romanic langaues) </li></ul><ul><li>Language processing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Book Scanners Kirtas BookScan 1200 Minolta PS3000 Scanner
  6. 7. www.ulib.org
  7. 8. Resources <ul><li>The Million Book Project FAQ, Carnegie Mellon University (available at http://www.library.cmu.edu/Libraries/MBP_FAQ.html ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Million Book Project, Bibliotheca Alexandrina ( http://www.bibalex.org/isis/ProjectDetails.aspx?id=11 ) </li></ul>

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