Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 75, Issue 7, pp 3843–3877 | Cite as

A workflow management system to feed digital libraries: proposal and case study

  • Ángeles S. Places
  • Antonio Fariña
  • Miguel R. Luaces
  • Óscar Pedreira
  • Diego Seco


Building a digital library of antique documents involves not only technical implementation issues, but also aspects related to the digitization of large collections of documents. Antique documents are usually delicate and need to be handled with care. Also, a poor state of preservation and the use of unrecognizable font types make automatic text recognition more difficult, hence requiring a further human revision to perform text corrections. This makes the participation of experts in the digitization process mandatory and, therefore, costly. In this paper, we present a framework for managing the workflow of the digitization of large collections of antique documents. We describe the digitization process, and a tool supporting all of its phases and tasks. We also present a case study in which we describe how the workflow management system was applied to the digitization of more than 10,000 documents from journals of the 19th century. In addition, we describe the resulting digital library, focusing on the most important technological issues.


Digital libraries Text retrieval Workflow management system 



This work has been partially funded by “Xunta de Galicia (Cofinanciado con Fondos FEDER)”, ref. GRC2013/053, “Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (PGE e Fondos FEDER)” ref. TIN2009-14560-C03-02 and ref. TIN2010-21246-C02-01, and CDTI EXP 00064563 / ITC-20133062 (“Subvencionado polo CDTI, Ministerio de Economía e Competitividade e pola Axencia Galega de Innovación”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ángeles S. Places
    • 1
  • Antonio Fariña
    • 1
  • Miguel R. Luaces
    • 1
  • Óscar Pedreira
    • 1
  • Diego Seco
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Database Laboratory, Facultade de InformáticaUniversity of A CoruñaA CoruñaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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