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Text digitisation is a field of work that has dynamically developed in the last few years. Big commercial projects like Google Books set the pace of technological, legal and political change in the field – copyright issues are thereby particularly contested. Libraries and private companies nowadays invest a lot in the retro-digitisation of their documents. Text digitisation plays a central role, and it is important that universities and the research community stand for quality assurance in the field.

 The expertise the team of the Swiss Text Corpus has gathered especially in the domains of text recognition and annotation can prove useful for third parties, as well.