The Computer Vision Lab at Technical University Vienna are working to ensure that digitization on demand is on its way to an archive near you! This team of computer scientists are developing two new tools that will help people digitize documents using their mobile phone, with high levels of efficiency and accuracy.
DocScan is an Android mobile app that makes it easier for archival users to take pictures of historical documents by providing real-time feedback on image quality and allowing for a succession of pictures to be taken hands-free. It will soon be connected to our Transkribus platform to enable users to easily store and process the documents that they are interested in.
The ScanTent is a portable device designed to work with the DocScan app. It holds your mobile phone steady during the digitisation process to ensure a high-quality image. Find out more in our ScanTent website!
The Computer Vision Lab showcased both of these tools at a government press conference on ‘Digitization of society and the state‘ at Technical University Vienna on 4 July 2017. Markus Diem from the Lab demonstrated the capabilities of the ScanTent to the undersecretary of state of Austria (Muna Duzdar) and the executive committee member of the Public Service Union Austria (GÖD) (Dr. Norbert Schnedl). We think they were impressed!