Europe: IMPACT Centre of Competence Aims to Make Historical Text Digitisation Faster and Cheaper
On 25 October 2011 Mr. Khalil Rouhana, Director for digital content and cognitive systems in DG Information Society and Media at the European Commission officially launched the IMPACT Centre of Competence at the IMPACT final conference in London.
The IMPACT Centre of Competence aims to make digitisation of historical printed text in Europe better, faster, cheaper and provide the tools, services and mechanisms for further advancement in this field. The Centre will bring together leading lights involved in all aspects of digitisation and give invaluable access to a network of experts, research and content institutions throughout the industry.
At the launch the new website, www.digitisation.eu, was revealed as well, after which Aly Conteh and Hildelies Balk-Pennington de Jongh gave a brief introduction of the IMPACT Centre of Competence. Representatives from the Bibliothèque National de France (BNF) and the Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel De Cervantes, who will together host the IMPACT Centre of Competence, then took to the floor to present and discuss the reasons behind their decision to back the Centre.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.