May 27, 2022

Mass Digitization: National Library of Spain Joins IMPACT Centre of Competence

From English Translation (via Google Translate) of Announcement:

[Last week] The National Library of Spain (BNE) [joined the ] IMPACT Centre of Competence.

[The IMPACT Centre of Competence in Digitisation is a not for profit organisation with the mission to make the digitisation of historical printed text “better, faster, cheaper”. It provides tools, services and facilities to further advance the state-of-the-art in the field of document imaging, language technology and the processing of historical text.]

This incorporation occurred in the annual meeting of the Executive Committee of the organization, held last week between the Madrid headquarters of the BNE and the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library Foundation.

With the BNE, there are eight national libraries (Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia and Great Britain) forming part of this non-profit consortium born in 2011

Consisting of experts in digitization, IMPACT advises, coordinates and supports its members (companies, libraries and public and private institutions), while weaving a dense network of collaborators who share the latest scientific and technological advances in this field. It also bridges the communication channel and as well as meeting place for discussion and to facilitate access to and preservation of historical texts and documents.

Since its inception in 2011, and with the direction of Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library Foundation, IMPACT has not stopped growing. Currently brings together thirty prestigious members as the Fraunhofer Research Institute (Germany), the Supercomputing Center of Poznan (Poland), the University of Salford (UK), California Digital Library, or Contentra Technologie universities of Barcelona, ​​Complutense of Madrid, Salamanca and Gothenburg (Sweden), in addition to the aforementioned national libraries.

Read the Complete Announcement (English Translation) ||| Original Version (in Spanish)

See Also: List of IMPACT Centre Members

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