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A guide for digitising manuscript climate data


Brönnimann, S; Annis, J; Dann, W; Ewen, T; Grant, A; Griesser, T; Krähenmann, S; Mohr, C; Scherer, M; Vogler, C (2006). A guide for digitising manuscript climate data. Climate of the Past, 2(2):137-144.

Abstract

Hand-written or printed manuscript data are an important source for paleo-climatological studies, but bringing them into a suitable format can be a time consuming adventure with uncertain success. Before digitising such data (e.g., in the context a specific research project), it is worthwhile spending a few thoughts on the characteristics of the data, the scientific requirements with respect to quality and coverage, the metadata, and technical aspects such as reproduction techniques, digitising techniques, and quality control strategies. Here we briefly discuss the most important considerations according to our own experience and describe different methods for digitising numeric or text data (optical character recognition, speech recognition, and key entry). We present a tentative guide that is intended to help others compiling the necessary information and making the right decisions.

Abstract

Hand-written or printed manuscript data are an important source for paleo-climatological studies, but bringing them into a suitable format can be a time consuming adventure with uncertain success. Before digitising such data (e.g., in the context a specific research project), it is worthwhile spending a few thoughts on the characteristics of the data, the scientific requirements with respect to quality and coverage, the metadata, and technical aspects such as reproduction techniques, digitising techniques, and quality control strategies. Here we briefly discuss the most important considerations according to our own experience and describe different methods for digitising numeric or text data (optical character recognition, speech recognition, and key entry). We present a tentative guide that is intended to help others compiling the necessary information and making the right decisions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:03 Apr 2013 07:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:43
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
ISSN:1814-9324
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2-137-2006

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