GREENSTONE DIGITAL LIBRARY FROM PAPER TO COLLECTION
Chapter 1 Introduction
One goal of the Greenstone Digital Library software is to empower organizations such as universities, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations and governments to create varied collections of information that can be delivered online or on CD-ROM.
Typical steps that have to be implemented are:
In order to create a digital collection, the publications must be available in digital format. If books, newsletters or other documents are only available on paper, they will need to be scanned and processed into machine-readable form (step iii). Usually this is done using optical character recognition (OCR), but sometimes by manual retyping. This process is covered in Chapters 2-4 of this manual.
Step v. enables the different parts of a document to be independently selected and displayed by readers in the final library, while step vi. involves assigning attributes to the documents such as subject categories, keywords and bibliographic data for ordering and searching the library. These steps are covered in Chapter 5 of this manual.
This manual introduces many issues that affect the editorial process of creating a collection from paper. Before reading on, you should consider these questions:
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