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Library of Birmingham: the automatic generation of metadata

Junction Media is engaged in project MAGMA (Metadata automatic generation and moderation application). The Library of Birmingham has a problem which our market research finds is common to many: that digitisation is often slowed down by the lack of person hours available to create meaningful metadata that would enable a digitised asset to be effectively located by a user or purchaser. We are experimenting with the use of open source software tools in innovative chains to automatically create and verify metadata with minimal professional intervention. We have deliberately worked with collections that include images as well as text and some handwriting. We will show our initial results and explore the influence of automated metadata tools on the future of archives. We'll ask whether the answer to the commercialisation of assets in a digital world is through a MAGMA style tool.

The R&D is part funded by The Technology Strategy Board whose sponsorship is gratefully acknowledged.

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