The National Library of Finland

Mailis Bremer – Laamanen, Director of the Center for Preservation and Digitization

"We have fragile collections and the i2S scanners are perfectly suited for the digitization of this type of work"

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The challenge

One of the National Library's first projects started in 1998. The library's Center for Preservation and Digitization wanted to digitize back copies of the Scandinavian newspapers Tiden".

The Center's goals are to develop OCR conversion, to digitize much larger collections and integrate a glossary. For i2S, the main challenge was how to OCR the parts of the texts containing Gothic characters (Fraktur).

Advantages

The high image quality of i2S scanners is a success factor for character recognition. The addition of a Gothic alphabet during the "ocerization" of the texts clearly improves the results.

Today, the Preservation and Digitization Center employs 8 operators and uses two SupraScan II.

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