Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing (HIP2013), Washington DC, USA, August 2013, pp. 123-130
Representative and comprehensive datasets are a prerequisite for any research activity, from studying specific types of problems through training of algorithms to evaluating results of actual implementations. This paper describes an invaluable resource which is the result of a large scale effort undertaken in the EU funded project IMPACT. A number of challenges faced during the creation phase but also the significant benefits and potential of this collection of printed historical documents are described. The dataset contains over 600,000 document images that originate from major European libraries and are representative of both their respective holdings and digitisation plans for the near to medium term. It is truly unique with regard to the very substantial amount of high-quality ground truth which is available for approximately 45,000 pages, capturing detailed layout, reading order and text content. The dataset is publicly available through the IMPACT Centre of Competence (www.digitisation.eu).
C. Papadopoulos, S. Pletschacher, C. Clausner, A. Antonacopoulos , "The IMPACT Dataset of Historical Document Images", Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing (HIP2013), Washington DC, USA, August 2013, pp. 123-130