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Full text recognition of Bodleian Broadside Ballads (Pilot Project)
General Information

 Institution



University of Oxford
 Department Bodleian Library
 Title of collection Full text recognition of Bodleian Broadside Ballads (Pilot Project)
 Funded by: Oxford Digital Library Development Fund
 Length of
 collection/project

August 2002 - March 2003
 Summary

The Bodleian Broadside Ballads Project ran from 1995 to 1999 and provided (i) a complete online web-based catalogue of the 30,000 ballads owned by the Library; (ii) link to online images of the ballad sheets so that full texts and pictures could be viewed; (iii) an iconographic index to the pictorial images present on the ballad sheets (about 17,000 in all). Use of the ballads has grown by about 2000% since the resource was made available in September 1999. They now propose to use the ODL's Finereader software to test its full-text recognition capabilities on the already digitised ballad sheets in order to allow full-text search and retrieval on the content of the ballads. If the pilot is sucessful, the academic benefits that would accrue from the full-scale application of OCR to the ballads are multi-disciplinary, and apply to both teaching and research.

Collection
Description

 Subject 1
 Subject 2 
 Subject 3 
 
Time period
 Region
 Language
 

 

 
Ballads
English literature
Social history

16th - 20th centuries
British Isles
English

Contact Details Michael Heaney
michael.heaney@ulib.ox.ac.uk
Head of Service Assessment and Planning
University Library Services
Clarendon Building
Bodleian Library
UK
URL N.A. at present
Record updated 10/07/2002
 

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