Note: see Glossary at the bottom for definitions of technical terms and acronyms.
Harvard Yenching Library has performed optical character recognition (OCR) on a large corpus of ancient Chinese texts (including some Japanese and Korean texts) in its collection, and now would like deposit that text to the Digital Repository Service (DRS), associate it with existing Page Delivery Service (PDS) objects and have the OCR be searchable. Additionally, a large collection of modern Chinese Documents on Contemporary Chinese Politics has been purchased and digitized by the Harvard-Yenching Institute. The collection, including CJK OCR has been loaded to the DRS but is not currently searchable in Full Text Search (FTS) because FTS doesn't support CJK search. The CJK OCR should be searchable in FTS and deliverable in PDS.
In order to accommodate these two existing collections and future collections with CJK OCR, an ability to add OCR to existing DRS objects needs to be developed and FTS needs to be upgraded to enable CJK search and delivery of the results to PDS.
Updating FTS to enable CJK search will make it possible for researchers to ask exploratory questions of the data and get quick on-the-fly responses. Full-text search means that these questions can be answered immediately, and so will be practical to investigate in many cases in which examining every page of a scanned text by hand to find out the answer would not be an option worth contemplating. Updating DRS to allow adding OCR to existing PDS objects will allow the OCR for ancient Chinese texts and OCR for many similar projects to enrich existing PDS documents in DRS with OCR as OCR technology for non-Latin languages matures and gets better.
Describe the solution:
The solution will consist of an upgraded FTS search index using Solr which will be additionally tuned to support the CJK requirements. The upgraded index will use the DRS indexing functions to support the updating and full text indexing of documents in the FTS search index. As part of this solution existing documents will need to be reindexed to support updated features within the Solr environment.The updated FTS search servlet will submit a search and return the results of a search submitted through PDS or through an FTS form, in keeping with the current FTS functionality. The PDS will display the resulting search and the relevant PDS document pages, in keeping with the current FTS functionality. The API used for these functions will be kept as consistent as possible.
DRS will be enhanced to allow batch loading of OCR files and linking them with existing DRS PDS documents. The newly updated documents will be automatically submitted for FTS indexing.
Upgraded FTS that supports CJK search.
An enhancement to the DRS to support batch loading OCR files and linking them with existing DRS PDS documents.
These are the individual deliverables that will be part of this project:
The deliverables may represent sub-projects which may represent different interested parties and different sub-teams.
Define how to measure “done”:
The overall project is considered done once:
This project will iterate in phases. For each phase a separate definition of "done" will be defined in the project plan.
Out of Scope (for medium and large projects):
Who is the work being done for? (Sponsor)
Suzanne Wones, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Innovation
What organizations, departments, or people will benefit from this work (for medium and large projects)
Harvard Yenching Library, Harvard Yenching Institute, faculty and researchers will benefit from this work
Who is funding the work?
Harvard Library is funding the supplemental resource assigned to this effort
Who will accept the work?
Suzanne Wones, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Innovation (or her designee) Sharon Yang, Librarian for Public Services and E-Resources at Harvard Yenching Library, and Elizabeth Perry, Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (or her designee) will accept this work
Who is the project manager?
Vitaly Zakuta is the project manager for this project
Who will be involved in doing the work (service area, department, etc …)? [Include name, project role, and estimated percentage of time per month for the project duration]
|Resource Name||Role(s)||Monthly Time Estimate||Monthly Time Estimate|
|Vitaly Zakuta||PM / Support / QA||%||%|
|TBD - Solr||Developer||90 %||%|
|Chris Vicary - DRS||Developer / Development Supervisor||10 %||%|
|Anthony Moulen||Technical Architect||%||%|
|Donald Sturgeon||CJK Domain Expert||%||%|
|Mingtao Zhao (Imaging Services)||Staging and bulk deposit of OCR for DRS||%||%|
|Sharon Yang||Review and accept CJK search functionality||%||%|
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Cost Breakdown (for large projects):
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Risks (description, plan, impact, owner):
CJK – Chinese, Japanese, Korean
DRS – Digital Repository Service
FTS - Full Text Search
OCR – Optical Character Recognition
PDS – Page Delivery Service
Solr – Indexing engine technology used by LTS