January 17, 2022

BnF (National Library of France) Signs Deal With Jouve to Digitize 70,000 Books a Year

From a News Release:

The Jouve Group will work in partnership with Safig, Diadéis and the subcontractor BancTec, to digitize more than 70,000 works per year [it’s a three year deal] of which around 70% will come from the print collections of the BnF and 30% from the collections of partner libraries. Financed by the Centre national du livre, the agreement has been agreed for a three year period, renewable for one year after.

The previous agreement was signed in 2007 with a Safig-BancTec-Diadéis partnership. It allowed the digitization and OCR (optical character recognition) of 36.6 million pages.

The new deal will offer very high standards of quality: 400 DPI resolution, digitization in colour or greyscale, a minimal guaranteed OCR standard of 98.5% for documents produced after 1750, and 20% of documents digitized with high quality OCR (99.9%). In addition, at least 10% of documents will be provided in an ePub version, compatible with mobile e-readers.

The documents will enrich Gallica, the BnF’s digital library (gallica.bnf.fr).

Here’s a mechanical translations of  a ZDNet story about the BnF digitization deal.

Via Google Translate

We Learn:

Google was originally approached to do the digitization

The deal with Jouve is for three years/210,000 Books

The digitized books will use the ePub format

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.