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ABBYY Empowers Danish Royal Library’s Digitisation Project

Library improves access to historical texts through technology innovation

Munich, Germany (19th September 2013) — ABBYY Europe, a leading provider of document recognition, document capture, and linguistic technologies and services, today announced the Danish Royal Library is currently using ABBYY Recognition Server to digitise their collections. ABBYY provides Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software and expertise in recognising historic fonts, which helps to transform Europe's printed heritage into digitally available resources.

ABBYY offers products equipped with the most advanced text recognition technology for printed historic documents. ABBYY has a long experience in developing OCR software, particularly for libraries and universities in Europe that often have the added challenge of dealing with old texts and historic fonts, such as Fraktur and Gothic. Starting in 2008, ABBYY participated in the European Commission's IMPACT project. The consortium brought together twenty-six European national and regional libraries, research institutions and technology partners to share knowledge and best practices, developing innovative tools to enhance the capabilities of OCR engines. ABBYY played a key role in the IMPACT project by providing state-of-the-art OCR technology and expertise for digitising historic fonts and extracting text from old documents.

"For our work we needed OCR software with advanced features that could satisfactorily transform scanned pages into full text or XML, particularly when it came to old books, magazines and newspapers," said Hamid Mehrabi at the Danish Royal Library. "We chose ABBYY Recognition Server for the cutting-edge OCR technology which enables us to process documents of often poor quality much more efficiently. And we know we can rely on this collaboration, as ABBYY is continuously working closely with libraries and the other partners to improve the core technology."

"Digitisation not only can help preserve European intellectual and cultural heritage for future generations. It can also unlock and make those treasures available for millions of researchers, students and regular readers around the globe," explained Bodo Wagener, Vice President of Sales and Services at ABBYY Europe. "ABBYY is excited to contribute to this worthwhile goal at the Danish Royal Library and we appreciate the close and productive collaboration with people who are just as enthusiastic about text recognition as ourselves."

For more information on ABBYY OCR technology for recognising historical texts visit http://www.frakturschrift.com.

About ABBYY Europe GmbH
ABBYY Europe GmbH is a member of the ABBYY Group supporting sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. ABBYY offers Professional Services to help customers implementing business solutions based on ABBYY's products. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Cyprus, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.ABBYY.com.

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.

For more information, please contact:
ABBYY
Colin Miller
Elsenheimerstrasse 49
D - 80687 Munich
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 511 159-0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 511 159
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: www.ABBYY.com

About the Danish Royal Library
The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark (Danish: Det Kongelige Bibliotek), is the national library of Denmark and the university library of the University of Copenhagen. It is the largest library in the Nordic countries.

It contains numerous historical treasures; all works that have been printed in Denmark since the 17th century are deposited there. Thanks to extensive donations in the past the library holds nearly all known Danish printed works back to the first Danish book, printed in 1482.

+45 33 47 47 47
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1219 Copenhagen, Denmark

www.kb.dk

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