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Dear all,

Eneko Agirre and Arantxa Otegi have prepared a short report for PATHS setting out recommendations on the use of open source software for the automatic enrichment of Digital Library content.

PATHS has been using text processing software to enable functionality in its prototype system specifically for:

●    intra-collection links

●    background links

●    ontology extension

The aim of PATHS has been to investigate the use software to enable these functionalities and much of the software used has been is in-house and relatively complex. Releasing open source software for these tasks was not within the scope of our work plan and would be a major undertaking. However there are projects which are releasing open source software and so the goal of this document is to present an overall set of recommendations for the automatic enrichment of Digital Library content using such software.

There are projects within the Europeana Network  (for example LoCloud http://www.locloud.eu/), where servers for automatic content enrichment of digital library items are being set up.  This report is intended to be useful for such projects and for third-parties who would like to offer enrichment services. The report provides an overall view of the software required and the programming effort involved.

The recommendations are available on the PATHS website: http://www.paths-project.eu/eng/Resources/Recommendations_automatic_-enrichment_of_DL_content_using_open_source_software.

For more information about the content processing and metadata enrichment work in PATHS, please see D2.1 and D2.2 on http://www.paths-project.eu/eng/Resources

With best regards,

Kate