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027.7 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekskultur / Journal for Library Culture
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ISSN (Print) 2296-0597
Published by Universitätsbibliothek Basel Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Publications en libre accès des universités du Burkina Faso: analyse
           d’impact et visibilité internationale

    • Authors: Pier Luigi Minata Fatoumata Maïga
      PubDate: 2018-02-06T12:30:39+01:00
  • Editorial: Libraries in African Studies

    • Authors: David Tréfás
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: -
      PubDate: 2017-12-22
      DOI: 10.12685/027.7-5-1-163
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
  • Basler Africa Portal

    • Authors: Alice Spinnler, Martin Reisacher, Andreas Ledl, David Tréfás
      Pages: 3 - 15
      Abstract: The article aims to present the project "Africa Portal" in which five institutions located in Basel create an integrated search interface in order to make their data accessible. Following a description of the process concerning normalizing different data structures and formats, the article also focuses on the outcomes and the possible developments of the "Africa Portal" in the future.
      PubDate: 2017-12-22
      DOI: 10.12685/027.7-5-1-166
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
  • Measuring the Societal Impact of Research with Altmetrics: An Experiment

    • Authors: Ursula Oberst
      Pages: 16 - 21
      Abstract: All research at Dutch universities is assessed on a regular basis following the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). From 2015 onwards, one of the protocol’s criteria for measuring research success is the societal impact of the research. As traditional metrics do not provide an indication of public reach and influence, the African Studies Centre in Leiden (ASCL) decided to experiment with the new suite of alternative metrics – altmetrics – that measure the number of times a research output is viewed, downloaded or mentioned online. I analyzed the presence of altmetric indicators in 148 publications using and evaluated the content that tracked. This paper describes the ASCL Altmetric experiment and reports on its results.
      PubDate: 2017-12-22
      DOI: 10.12685/027.7-5-1-167
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
  • The legal implications of providing information services in PUL in Kenya

    • Authors: Salome Waigumo Mathangani, Japheth Otike
      Pages: 22 - 37
      Abstract: This is a research paper on Public University Libraries (PULs) which are charged with the responsibility of providing the university community with information for the parent institutions’ core activities of teaching, learning, study and research. In carrying out this responsibility, PULs have to address issues of law as these relate to the provision of information services. The purpose of this study was to investigate the legal implications of providing information services in public university libraries in Kenya. The study applied the qualitative methodology but also used a limited application of quantitative approach with issues of statistical significance. Basing on a sample of 77 librarians from public universities libraries, data was collected and analyzed using the narrative method. The study established the actual and potential implications of laws that support information (UDHR, CK, FOI, IFLA and WSIS declarations) and those that put limits to information (Copyright law, penal code, Official Secrets Act). Although librarians were knowledgeable and had skills regarding their work, evidence from the study showed that they needed to extend their knowledge and understanding in the area of laws that have implications on the provision of information as a way of enhancing their work. In conclusion the paper notes that there is scope for librarians, using their wealth of knowledge and expertise, to seek interaction with policy makers and make relevant and useful contribution on law and information. These findings are significant in that they give general direction with regard to law and the provision of information services. The research highlights the importance for librarians to create links with policy makers in order to set up a relationship with mutual benefits.
      PubDate: 2017-12-22
      DOI: 10.12685/027.7-5-1-168
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
  • Transfer Learning for OCRopus Model Training on Early Printed Books

    • Authors: Christian Reul, Christoph Wick, Uwe Springmann, Frank Puppe
      Pages: 38 - 51
      Abstract: A method is presented that significantly reduces the character error rates for OCR text obtained from OCRopus models trained on early printed books when only small amounts of diplomatic transcriptions are available. This is achieved by building from already existing models during training instead of starting from scratch. To overcome the discrepancies between the set of characters of the pretrained model and the additional ground truth the OCRopus code is adapted to allow for alphabet expansion or reduction. The character set is now capable of flexibly adding and deleting characters from the pretrained alphabet when an existing model is loaded. For our experiments we use a self-trained mixed model on early Latin prints and the two standard OCRopus models on modern English and German Fraktur texts. The evaluation on seven early printed books showed that training from the Latin mixed model reduces the average amount of errors by 43% and 26%, compared to training from scratch with 60 and 150 lines of ground truth, respectively. Furthermore, it is shown that even building from mixed models trained on standard data unrelated to the newly added training and test data can lead to significantly improved recognition results.
      PubDate: 2017-12-22
      DOI: 10.12685/027.7-5-1-169
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
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