Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yale Joins Microsoft Digitization Effort

One hundred thousand of Yale University's out-of-copyright books will be available by early next year through Microsoft Live Search; the titles are to be digitized by Kirtas Technologies. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that the university "chose Kirtas for its innovative book-scanning technology, including its APT BookScan 2400, which can scan 2,400 pages per hour while guaranteeing an overall error rate of less than one per 10,000 pages."

Yale Librarian Alice Prochaska said of the project "This collaboration will allow the Yale Library to give international digital access to our rare and uniquely held materials. We have been extremely pleased by the work that Kirtas has done for us in the past, and we look forward to working with them again on this exciting project."