A workflow management system to feed digital libraries: proposal and case study
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- Places, Á.S., Fariña, A., Luaces, M.R. et al. Multimed Tools Appl (2016) 75: 3843. doi:10.1007/s11042-014-2155-3
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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.