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A practical approach: the quest for a large-scale newspaper digitization workflow
  DOI :  10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2010.7.1.art00022  Published OnlineJanuary 2010

In 2006 the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) set up a production chain to digitize 8 million newspaper pages in five years' time. Although the library had gained valuable experience with digitizing the Dutch parliamentary papers, the project Databank of Digital Daily Newspapers (DDD) – the largest digitization project in the history of the KB – took everything to another level: processing an average of 200,000 pages per month put high demands on the whole organization, in terms of staff, IT-infrastructure, technical solutions and workflow management. Digitizing on this scale inevitably means moving from state-of-the-art, ‘boutique’ digitization towards a workflow where quality is counterbalanced by arguments of quantity. This paper is about the practical choices made in this context by a heritage institution that – after nearly 15 years of experience with digital – is rapidly transforming into a truly digital library.

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Edwin Klijn, "A practical approach: the quest for a large-scale newspaper digitization workflowin Proc. IS&T Archiving 2010,  2010,  pp 120 - 122,

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