[Taxacom] iDigBio Augmenting Optical Character Recognition Workshop - Remote Participation

Deb Paul dpaul at fsu.edu
Fri Sep 28 16:47:01 CDT 2012

Hi Everyone,

The iDigBio Augmenting Optical Character Recognition Workshop is almost 
here! Monday and Tuesday October 1 - 2, 9 am - 5 pm

Instructions for Remote Participation 
*2-Day Agenda:* http://tinyurl.com/AOCRTwoDayAgenda
*Conceptual Agenda:* http://tinyurl.com/AOCRAgendaOverview
*iDigBio Augmenting OCR Workshop Wiki Page * 

Presentations from 9 - 12 noon on Day 1 include our guest speaker from 
Germany, Karl-Heinz Steinke who is from Hochshule Hannover and is 
representing the Herbar Digital project. Karl-Heinz has been working 
with Walter Berendsohn at the BGBM in Berlin studying ways to speed up 
herbarium digitization including improving OCR handwriting analysis. 
See: http://www.tdwg.org/proceedings/article/view/298 for an overview

After Karl-Heinz, each of our invited guests and working group members 
will each present an overview of their digitization efforts and 
challenges and how OCR and OCR output is used in each project.

One of our presentations (remote from Scotland) will be from Elspeth 
Haston, Deputy Herbarium Curator, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh along 
with her colleagues Rob Cubey, Plant Records Officer and Robyn 
Drinkwater, OpenUp project officer. Elspeth is a member of iDigBio 
working group and will be presenting their work remotely using Adobe 

In addition, we'll be seeing the work of the Essig Museum - Peter 
Oboyski, the SALIX project - Darryl Lafferty, the Apiary Project - Jason 
Best, the HERBIS/LABELX Project - Bryan Heidorn, Symbiota and the LBCC 
and SCAN TCNs - Edward Gilbert, and Stephen Gottschalk and Kimberly 
Watson presenting their latest projects from the NYBG. All of them are 
using OCR in some way in their digitization workflows.

On behalf of the iDigBio AOCR Working Group and all of us at iDigBio - 
Hope to see you there!

PS: For those of you new to Adobe Connect, please go to
Instructions for Remote Participation 
and be sure to log in to Adobe Connect 20 minutes before the session of 
interest so that you have time to figure out the software before the 
meeting begins. For more help see: 
HINTS: Use Headphones, Mute your Microphone, Firefox (usually) works 
better than Chrome with Adobe Connect.
*Please excuse cross-postings for those of you that belong to multiple 

Deborah Paul
User Services, iDigBio
Institute for Digital Information, iDigInfo
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

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