Author Archives: Demian Katz and Laura Bang

Leveraging Distributed Proofreaders for Open Content Enhancement (and some unexpected consequences)

Demian Katz and Laura Bang

For many years, Villanova University’s Digital Library has been providing open access tvillanova_university_logoo out-of-copyright books, journals, newspapers, and other content. From the beginning, this content was provided in the form of scanned images of the original materials, sometimes augmented by computer-generated OCR. While this approach provides an informative view of the historical artifacts and allows some degree of searchability, there are some barriers to discovery and consumption of the content. Continue reading