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The Lifecycle of a Digital Historical Document: Structure and Content

The Lifecycle of a Digital Historical Document: Structure and Content
The Lifecycle of a Digital Historical Document: Structure and Content
This paper describes the lifecycle of a digital historical document, from template-based structure definition through to content extraction from the scanned pages and its final reconstitution as an electronic document (combining content and semantic information) along with the tools that have been created to realise each stage in the lifecycle. The whole approach is described in the context of different types of typewritten documents relating to prisoners in World-War II concentration camps and is the result of a multinational collaboration under the MEMORIAL project funded (€1.5M) by the European Union (www.memorial-project.info). Extensive tests with historians/archivists and evaluation of the content extraction results indicate the superior performance of the whole semantics-driven approach both over manual transcription and over the semi-automated application of off-the-shelf OCR and the use of a conventional (text and layout) document format.
Historical documents, digital libraries, document engineering, document architecture, text enhancement, document analysis
147-154
Antonacopoulos, Apostolos
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Karatzas, Dimosthenis
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Krawczyk, Henryk
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Wiszniewski, Bogdan
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Antonacopoulos, Apostolos, Karatzas, Dimosthenis, Krawczyk, Henryk and Wiszniewski, Bogdan (2004) The Lifecycle of a Digital Historical Document: Structure and Content. ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng2004), United States. 28 - 30 Oct 2004. pp. 147-154 .

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This paper describes the lifecycle of a digital historical document, from template-based structure definition through to content extraction from the scanned pages and its final reconstitution as an electronic document (combining content and semantic information) along with the tools that have been created to realise each stage in the lifecycle. The whole approach is described in the context of different types of typewritten documents relating to prisoners in World-War II concentration camps and is the result of a multinational collaboration under the MEMORIAL project funded (€1.5M) by the European Union (www.memorial-project.info). Extensive tests with historians/archivists and evaluation of the content extraction results indicate the superior performance of the whole semantics-driven approach both over manual transcription and over the semi-automated application of off-the-shelf OCR and the use of a conventional (text and layout) document format.

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Published date: 2004
Additional Information: Event Dates: October 28-30, 2004
Venue - Dates: ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng2004), United States, 2004-10-28 - 2004-10-30
Keywords: Historical documents, digital libraries, document engineering, document architecture, text enhancement, document analysis
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 263538
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263538
PURE UUID: bfe8d3ea-de24-467c-976e-816e573a11ca

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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2019 15:48

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