5.0790 CFP: Scanning and OCR in History (1/53)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Mar 1992 15:24:08 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0790. Thursday, 26 Mar 1992.

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1992 14:23 MET
From: RVHORIK@rulcri.LeidenUniv.nl
Subject: Call for papers



The Seventh International Conference of the Association of History and
Computing (AHC) will take place in Bologna, Italy, from 29th August to
2nd September 1992. The Netherlands Historical Data Archive (NHDA) will
act as the convenor of a session on the use of scanners and optical
character recognition software (OCR) to convert historical sources.
People interested to present a communication in this session are invi-
ted to send a proposal to the NHDA.

Data entry often forms the bottle-neck in the conversion process of
source material to machine-readable files. OCR can speed up this pro-
cess. The recent improvement of hardware and software for scanning and
OCR offers new prospects, but still a lot of problems have to be solved.
In this session OCR will be placed in a broad context. Issues presented
and discussed could be on the practical and methodological field. e.g.:

- Workflow management of a conversion process
- Digital image processing techniques to improve the optical reading of
- Advantages and disadvantages of OCR
- Optical recognition of handwritten material
- Computer assisted identification of handwritten material
- Scanning of vulnerable material or microfilm
- Procedures to correct and check the results of an OCR process
- Storage and retrieval of scanned documents

The presentation of a communication (15-20 minutes) can be held in one
of the three official languages of the conference, English, French and
Italian. Proposals for a communication can be sent to the NHDA. The
title and an abstract should reach the NHDA before June 4th. Papers
are to be published after the conference.

For further information, contact:

Netherlands Historical Data Archive
Rene' van Horik
Peter Doorn
University of Leiden
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 (71) 272719/272733/272742
Fax: +31 (71) 272615