Nearly there - digitising the British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library are blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand:

Work has been proceeding apace on all aspects of the project. The scanning is all done. Thanks NZ Micrographics!

Here in Hamilton at the University of Waikato Library, two teams have been beavering away.

Waikato University Library Team

The busy Waikato University Library Team (with Licorice Allsorts) responsible for digitising the British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand

One has been taking the scanned image files and breaking them up or combining them into their constituent reports and documents to create printable pdf files for each despatch. This is nearing completion though we have noted a small number of images that needed to be rescanned - a few pages with tears and holes and some others with blemishes have been found and new, replacement images are being prepared.

The other team has been reading through the text files after they had been ocr-ed. This has proved a tedious but necessary task and it has shown to staff how much useful and previously unrecognised material is lurking in these pages. We are about three quarters of the way through that proofreading which is correcting only key terms and names, not every word.

Mostly the ocr-ing has produced pages that are true to the original but there have been a few mistakes that we have spotted. We thought you might enjoy some of them:

Scanned text

What it should read:

F. Dillon Hell

F. Dillon Bell

Banged by the neck

Hanged by the neck

And this sum is required to make god

And this sum is required to make good

Such a policy requires a highly organised farce

Such a policy requires a highly organised force

Wellington Bangers

Wellington Rangers

I was assuming powers to which I had no light

I was assuming powers to which I had no right

A lime at least

A time at least

Aimed rebels

Armed rebels

I herewith enclose Major Eraser’s despatch

I herewith enclose Major Fraser’s despatch

Secretary of Slate

Secretary of State

for giants of confiscated lands

for grants of confiscated lands

Loo Papers relating to New Zealand

100 Papers relating to New Zealand

From these farts, you are the responsible tribunal

From these facts, you are the responsible tribunal

Finally, we have begun the process of building the collection and creating the web interface using Greenstone software developed by our colleagues in the University of Waikato Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

Given that some documents have been completed we hope to have at least part of the collection live and accessible in the very near future. We will then add further material as it is finished.

Hamilton 15 December 2010