Database engine fot book digitalization
I am working on digitalization of a massive amount of paper publications (books, magazines etc.). They must be cross-referenced, a user friendly search must be present and an index is needed. Is there any database engine which is customized for such needs? I would also need some import tools, if they exist, to import data from text format (e.g. *.doc or *.txt) into the database. Do such tools exist at all?
In the end the final application must be as cross-system compatible as possible, this means windows platforms (95/98/2000/xp/vista) should be supported, but the application should also work on symbian, windows mobile and palm os.
Thank you in advance!
An application, no; a method, maybe.
A couple of software manufacturers and more than a few government entities have made their entire document store available as PDF documents. This has two advantages: PDF files are totally platform independent and are searchable. The way I've seen such is a browser interface with table-of-contents links to "books" (entire manuals, for example) and individual documents with a search box (Adobe Reader can search multiple documents for a given pattern). This is easiest when you have original document files to work with.
The other way I've seen is digitized individual pages; go take a look at http://www.thebookstandard.com/books..._id=1002035592 for an overview of what you're getting into.
Hope this helps.
How about Greenstone, this may fit your requirements. They have an example section, the first two, in Afghanistan are ones I helped to set up although they are not true digitised collections but there are other examples that fit the bill.
They have a tool for importing documents and since the user can view the collection with their a browser it is "fairly" cross platform.
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