[Humanist] 26.502 old mss (not) like born-digital text

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Nov 20 09:48:55 CET 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 502.
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        Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:56:56 -0600
        From: Laura Mandell <laura.mandell at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.498 old mss like born-digital text
        In-Reply-To: <20121119062745.8907E2DE2 at digitalhumanities.org>


Yes, it is on printed books, which is why marketing people should not be
allowed to write press releases!  We are only allowed to post what they
give us.  Best, Laura

On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Humanist Discussion Group <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

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>         Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:54:32 +0000
>         From: jonathan.gibson at rhul.ac.uk
>         Subject: Re:  26.495 old mss like born-digital text
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> I think this is a project on early printed books, NOT manuscripts.
>
> Sent from my HTC
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>         Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:36:49 -0600
>         From: Laura Mandell <laura.mandell at gmail.com>
>         Subject: FW: News Distribution: ProQuest participates in project
> to make old manuscripts behave like born-digital text
>
>
> ProQuest is participating in a project at Texas A&M that will significantly
> advance research of the early modern era. In a nutshell, a collective of
> publishers and software companies are supporting the efforts of scholars
> and librarians to train OCR technology to read the peculiar fonts of the
> 14th through 17th centuries. When they're done, researchers will be able to
> conduct key word searches of 600-year-old manuscripts, making them as easy
> to work with as born digital content. Fascinating! Read on to learn more --
> here http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/pressroom/12/20121106.shtml or
> below...
>
>
>
> ProQuest Joins Forces with TAMU Scholars to Make 15th Century Books Behave
> Like Born-Digital Text
>
> Collaborative project will train OCR technology to read early modern
> fonts
>
> November 6, 2012 (ANN ARBOR Mich.) --
>
> Information powerhouse ProQuest http://www.proquest.com/ is participating
> in
> a project that will vastly accelerate research of 15 th through 17th
> Century
> cultural history. The company will provide access to page images from the
> veritable Early English Books Online and newcomer Early European Books
> to the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP http://emop.tamu.edu/ ) at Texas
> A&M.
> EMOP will use the content to create a database of typefaces used in the
> early modern era, train OCR software to read them and then apply
> crowd-sourcing for editing. The project will turn the rich corpus of works
> from this pivotal historical period into fully searchable digital
> documents.
>
> “Digitization of the historical archives of the early modern era made this
> literature far more accessible. Page images provide scholars with
> unprecedented access to books that previously could have only been viewed
> in
> their source library. However, precision search -- the ability to use
> technology to zero in on very specific text -- has been hampered by the
> fact
> that OCR technology can’t read the peculiarities of early printing,”
> said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice-president, publishing. “We’re
> thrilled to participate in an effort that we feel will drive new levels of
> historical discovery. We love the application of modern ingenuity to turn
> these very old archives into works that are as searchable as text that was
> born digital.”
>
> ProQuest has played a key worldwide role in preservation and access to
> early
> modern history, ensuring the survival of printed works from as early as
> 1450. In the 1930s, the company became a pioneer of microfiche, when it
> filmed the contents of the vast archives of the British Library and other
> major libraries across England – virtually every English language book
> printed in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The microfilm collection,
> ProQuest’s flagship Early English Books, opened these works to global
> study and created an avenue for preservation. It has since become the
> quintessential collection for study of the early modern era.
>
> In the 1990s, ProQuest began a massive effort to capture the collection
> digitally. Early English Books Online enables scholars to manage, share
> and collaborate on their research virtually. The company even created a
> social network that allows the scholars who use the collection as a base
> for
> their research to connect with each other.
>
>
> Then, early in the 21st century, ProQuest expanded the program to include
> major European libraries, launching Early European Books with the Danish
> Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di
> Firenze
> in Italy. Digitization projects are also underway with the U.K.’s famed
> scientific and medical library -- The Wellcome – and the National Library
> of the Netherlands.
>
>
> eMop is led by Texas A&M Professors Laura Mandell, Director of the
> Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), Ricardo
> Gutierrez-Osuna of Computer Science, and Richard Furuta, Director of the
> Center for the Study of Digital Libraries (CSDL), along with  Anton
> DuPlessis and Todd Samuelson, book historians from Cushing Rare Books
> Library. The scholars earned a two-year, $734,000 development grant from
> the
> Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the work. ProQuest is one of a
> variety of participating publishers and software organizations that are
> collaborating on the project.
>
>
> To learn more about eMOP visit http://emop.tamu.edu. For more information
> about ProQuest’s role in access to and preservation of the world’s
> knowledge, visit www.proquest.com.
>
>
> About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
>
> ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information.  Key to serious
> research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the
> world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural
> archives to news, in all its forms.  Its role is essential to libraries and
> other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of
> complete, trustworthy information.
>
> ProQuest’s massive information pool is made accessible in research
> environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover,
> create, and share knowledge.
>
> An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®,
> Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable
> research tools such as the RefWorks® and Pivot™ services, as well as
> its’ Summon® web-scale discovery service.  The company is headquartered
> in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.
>
> --30--
>
> Beth Dempsey, for ProQuest
> +1 248 349-7810 office
> +1 248 915-8160 mobile
> beth.dempsey at proquest.com
>
>
>
> --Laura Mandell
> Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
> Professor, English
> Texas A&M University
> p: 979-845-8345
> e: mandell at tamu.edu
> @mandellc
> http://idhmc.tamu.edu


-- 
Laura Mandell
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Professor, English
Texas A&M University
p: 979-845-8345
e: mandell at tamu.edu
@mandellc
http://idhmc.tamu.edu





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