Comprehensive Processing of Written Cultural and Scientific Heritage of the Slovak Republic
Martin Katuščák, University of Žilina - Faculty of Humanities - Department of Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage, Slovakia
Miroslav Čapkovič, Slovak National Library, Slovakia
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The paper discusses the research and development perspectives of the national Digital Library and Digital Archives Project aimed at mass digitisation and analogue and digital preservation of written library and archival materials in which current research results in the best available technologies and methods will be implemented, and there will be an integrated approach to processing of physical and digital forms. Beyond keeping books safe and clean and facilitating retrieval of full texts and viewing digital images there is a great potential hidden in the possibilities of further text and language procesing, knowledge discovery and text mining, semantic linking aimed at bringing new services and improve the processing workflow and their steps such as document classification, OCR proces, metadata creation etc., requiring further research and methodological work based on cooperation among the relevant stakeholders such as memory institutions, research centres, universities, technology manufacturers and of course the users. The paper provides a description of the present-day and planned processes, as well as the information on related research and development activities under the Memory of Slovakia project.
Author's professional CV
Miroslav Čapkovič (PhD.) Currently an IT architect in the Slovak National Library and the key expert in implementing the national digital library project, with over 10 years of IT experience in large corporations. Martin Katuščák Currently full-time doctoral student at the University of Žilina, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage focused on written cultural heritage; worked in the Slovak National Library for 7 years in a number of digital library related projects.