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Electronic collection of the old editions

Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine and Digital Country Company created an electronic collection of the national education and psychology old editions .

The collection includes more than 100 editions of old-age period of XIX-XX centuries, that are included in the list of books that make up the national heritage of Ukraine.

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Scanning books were done using professional equipment that provides the high quality scans and eliminates the negative effect on the original. 

Scanned books included in the electronic collection that will be available at the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine web-site (http://pmu.in.ua/) and directly in the museum.

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Digitization of ancient chronicles

“Karpylivka Chronicles” were written in 1895 by the local priest Feofilakt Koshpanevych – one of the few survivors Church Parish descriptions that were created on the initiative of Volyn Church and Archaeological Society in the late 19th century (links to detailed chronicles and initiatives: http://karpylivka.rv.ua/obstavyn-stvorennya-litopysu-sela-karpylivka-ta-mozhlyvosti-poshuku-podibnyh-robit-pro-naseleni-punkty-volyni-i-polissya.html)

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As the Chronicle is quite old and written form old Russian language (before reforms), “Karpylivka Chronicles” is only briefly demonstrated by reading only selected passages to the children in the schools.

Although it has great value to rural communities because it contains descriptions of the life and traditions of their ancestors contemporaries.

Therefore, Yaroslav Schevych, сontinuing the initiative “Karpilovka line” (//karpylivka.rv.ua), with help of the history teacher T. M. Stepanets, local school director V. V. Galushko and N. Y. Martynyuk, was able to deliver the manuscript to the Digital Country Company for the digitization. 

“Pleasantly surprised by the speed of work and its quality. 35 pages of the Chronicle were transferred to the digital format only in one hour! The value of the work was accessible and close to the cost of tickets to Kyiv. Now, thanks to the electronic format, the work on the manuscript will be faster. We plan to publish original manuscript online, translate it into Ukrainian and republish with support of the “Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers promotion and popularization of historical research Support Program in Rivne” for using during the school lessons and distribution in museums “- says Yaroslav.

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Digitization of original rare maps

Digital Country specialists made the project to digitize rare original maps which were created by surveyors of the Kiev province in XVIII-XIX centuries. Maps are in the collection of the State Archives of Kiev region.

Age of the documents is over 300 years, and sizes are from A3 to A0 formats. Given this, for each document was used its own scanning technology.

State Archives of Kiev region used digitization results of rare maps for the exhibition “Kyiv region on maps XVI-XIX century”, which was opened in the territory of the institution in January 2017 p.

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The gem of the exhibition was “Postal card of Kiev province” of 1779, which is included in the State Register of Cultural Heritage. Its uniqueness is that it shows the post roads Kyiv, which are not found in any other registers and archives.

http://dako.gov.ua/kraeznav4i-novunu/936.html

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Newspaper Archive Online

The Digital Country Company in cooperation with the Central Scientific Library of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University digitized a large collection of rare and valuable editions of the newspaper “Yuzhny Kray”  (Southern region), which was published in Kharkov daily from December 1, 1880 to December 3, 1919.

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The newspaper “Yuzhny Kray” makes a special value of the Fund of book monuments of the Central Scientific Library of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, which has the status of a national treasure. The newspaper was published since 1880 in Kharkov and is one of the most valuable sources for studying the history of culture and socio-economic development of Kharkov and Slobozhanshchina (Sloboda Ukraine). The publication is an invaluable information and documentary source for the study of the history of culture and socio-economic development of not only the Sloboda region of the XIX – early XX centuries, but also all of Ukraine.

The scanning of newspapers was done with using a professional large-format scanner, because the newspaper format was larger than A2. Given the age and condition of newspapers, wide-format scanning was performed with “gentle scanning” technology.

You can find digitized materials on the official site of the Central Scientific Library of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in the section eScriptorium. Archive of rare editions and manuscripts or by link: http://escriptorium.univer.kharkov.ua/handle/1237075002/3148

We are grateful to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for the allocated funds for the work on the project.

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Architectural Encyclopedia of the XIX century

“Digital Country” completed a project to digitize materials from the funds of the Zabolotny State Scientific Library of Architecture and Construction.
 
An unique collection of the famous Russian architect and engineer Gavriil Baranovsky, consisting of eight books of A3 – “Architectural Encyclopedia of the XIX century” was converted into electronic form.
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We used professional equipment planetary & book scanner Zeutschel. All pages of books were scanned with high resolution of 600dpi. The results of digitization is collection from e-books in PDF-format for use as a master copy and custom copies (200dpi).
 
There have been a significant number of digitized photographic material from A3 to A1 – the collection of portraits of famous architects, construction projects and reconstruction of residential buildings, factories, monuments, buildings of national importance.
 
All digitized materials will soon be available in electronic reading room of the library.

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Digitization of the project documentation

Documents are an important part of the information resources of any company, institution and organization. Optimization of work with documents is an important component of the efficiency of the whole enterprise.

Digital country company implemented the project of digitization project documentation and the creation of its electronic version for Instalaciones Inabensa S.A. (Spain) (http://www.inabensa.com/).

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Format documents – from A4 to A0 inclusive.

Scanning documents was conducted with using professional equipment and compliance with customer requirements for quality end result. Services was provided in the short term given the customer’s requirements.

 

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Сivil Registration Books – Kiev Region 1919-1939

State Archives of Kyiv Region together with “Digital Country” implemented a pilot project to digitize archives descriptions and creating IR system for rapid access and retrieval of information in the archival fonds of the institutions.

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Information database is available to everyone on the official website of the State Archives of Kiev Region (www.dako.gov.ua) – the link “Сivil Registration Books Kiev Region 1919-1939. Database” or http://dako.folium.info/

IR system allows:

  • find the necessary information in one / several criteria;
  • viewing and sorting items by relevance in any of these parameters;
  • viewing of the cards;
  • export / save information (card selected items) in one of the text formats (PDF, MsWord) or printout.

Result:

Pilot project will make information of the archive funds more open to provide remote access to all interested parties and will optimize the work of institutions, reduce the burden on the staff.

In the second phase project will digitize and provide open access to the fund №384 «Kyiv provincial census commission of the first general census 1897″.

 

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Future Pages

From 1st of December 1, 2015 till 29th of February, 2016 “Digital Country” Company together with the Foundation of Culture and Innovation FUTURA supported National program of digitization of unique manuscripts and editions “Future Pages“, which was aimed towards the cooperation with the cultural institutions of Ukraine.

The program purpose was the cooperation with Ukrainian cultural institutions to obtain grants and get funds to digitize the unique editions which have cultural and historical value.

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We invited to cooperation 300 institutions that deal with the preservation of historically and culturally significant documents and materials: libraries, museums, national cultural assets and archives.

During the period of the program, we have received 110 applications from 9 Ukrainian museums and libraries.

Together with the experts of the Committee of the archives protection and historians, we have established the order of priority of digitization – depending on the historical and cultural value and the level of damage caused by time.

The first grant from the Fund FUTURA is received by Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Museum of Local History.

Series of the original manuscripts of the XIX century regarding the history of German and Swiss colonies of south of Bessarabia (18 documents total of 900 pages) will be transported to Kiev and digitized by our experts till the end of April.

Another 3 applications were received by grant department of “Digital Country”.

We hope that our experience in obtaining international grants will help in the near future to digitize materials that were filed by the following participants of the project:

  • Oles Honchar Kherson Regional Universal Scientific Library

  • Yaroslav Mudryi Scientific Library of the National Law University, Kharkiv

  • Oleh Olzhych Zhytomyr regional universal scientific library

Thanks to all of participants! We would like to highlight that the “Digital Country” Company is open to cooperation with cultural institutions and outside the project as well.

Let’s preserve our history together!

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FILLING OF THE REGULATORY DOCUMENTS DIRECTORY

“Digital Country” won the tender of the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Scientific-Research and Training Center of Standardization, Certification and Quality Problems” to digitize documents for the “Standards E-Shop”, whose main purpose is to provide any of the regulatory documents (catalogs, classifications, collections, national, intergovernmental, international and European standards, etc.)

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Obtaining copies of existing standards is available in a few clicks:

http://shop.ukrndnc.org.ua/

63 000 pages of paper regulations originals were digitized and filled the “Standards E-Shop” electronic fund.

Goals:

  • digitization and creation of electronic copies in PDF-format files based on paper originals regulations;
  • total number of digitized pages – 63 000;
  • staff selection – competition on the basis of submitted proposals.

Result:

Simplification of procedures for obtaining copies of the applicable regulations through the corporate portal by expanding the list and adding electronic fund.

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OPTIMIZATION OF PROCESSING OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Customers: Agricultural firms, Agricultural Production Companies

Optimization of processing of legal documents for the subsequent introduction of an automated system. Document processing is carried out on the customers’ territory.

Type of documents: land lease contracts with applications

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Objective:

  • optimization of processing of documents due to the transfer of unusual / routine operations to outsourcing
  • compliance with quality requirements for document processing
  • improving of the accuracy of processing

Result:

  • Large amount of data was processed in the shortest possible time
  • Lower final cost of processing of a single integrated questionnaire
  • Decrease of labor costs in the enterprise and burden on employees
  • Increase of processing speed

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STATE ENTERPRISE ARCHIVING DOCUMENTS

Customer: State Enterprise “Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies” (since1934)

Objective: archiving of permanent term documents,

which have the status of National Archive Fund

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  •  The scientific and technical processing (archiving) of documents of permanent, temporary and long-term storage
  • Arrangement (sorting out)of permanent storage documents, documents on personnel for the period 2009-2010
  • Binding

Result:

  • 110 cases were processed for archival storage
  • inventory files creation

 

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COLLIERY ADMINISTRATION. PERSONNEL ARCHIVE

Customer: Industrial company “Pivdennodonbasʹke Colliery Group №1»

Objective: Reducing time to prepare reports and confirmation of benefits

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  • Digitized more than 600,000 pages from Personnel Archives 1973-2012
  • electronic archive system Folium installation

Results:

  •  The withdrawal of old documents from circulation
  •  Reduced labor costs for search and preparation of information on request in archives in 24 times
  •  Reduced time to prepare information about salary, labor track record, benefits confirmation of laid-offemployees

 

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AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS COMPANY. ACCOUNTANCY

Customer: The company, which is engaged in the purchase and sale of agricultural products for Ukrainian and foreign customers. 8 years in the market

Objective: Secure document storage and quick search for contractors

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  • Scanning of 100,000 pages of documents
  • Identification document signs
  • Development and installation of automated system of inventory and search of documents

Result:

  • Company started to use electronic documents with individual access and registrtationof all actions in the system
  • quick search of the set of documents and other contractorindices
  • Paper copies of financial controlremoved from office forsecure storage
  • 8 times faster documents search

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MUSEUM. ARCHIVE

Customer: Taras Shevchenko National Museum

Objective: Creation of interactive museum expositions. Publication of closed-end funds

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  • Web-site museumshevchenko.org.ua
  • Shevchenko Virtual archive – more than 9000 documents (archival documents on the life and work of T. Shevchenko from 1795 to 1917 years)
  • Digitized collections from various funds:
    • Books (over 160 in total, more than 55 000 pages) – translations, lifetime editions, books from the Shevchenko personal library
    • Negatives on glass and film (1,900 pcs.)
    • Numismatics
    • Faleristics (300 exp. – Commemorative awards, badges, medals)
    • Printed material
  • Insurance fund of the museum documentation creation (inventory books, books, records, records of formation of museum collections 1928-1941 years (2,263 documents).
  • The project was implemented by the decree of the President of Ukraine №257 / 2012 of 11 April 2012 in the framework of the state program “Shevchenko house” (to the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko), “… the creation of interactive museum expositions”

Result:

  • Site visitors increase 3 times
  • Archive documents were provided to the readers
  • The site is used as an additional platform for virtual expositions

 

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REGIONAL STATE ARCHIVE

Customer: Vinnytsya region State Archive

Objective: Provision of services and public access to geographic data

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  • Scanning, processing (cutting, etc) of the directory – volume of 105,000 cards
  • Image directory creation – economically efficient solution for providing public access to archives
  • Consistent information search implementation and search based on catalogue headers

Result:

  • Average resource attendance – 7,500 persons per quarter

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DEPARTMENTAL ARCHIVES

Customer: State Property Fund of Ukraine

Objectives:

  • Creation of insurance fund of the archival files of previous periods
  • Simultaneous access
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  • Digitization of 200 cases (70, 000 pages)
  • Creation of electronic archive of cases based on Folium software with an ability to search by criterias (date, topic, type, number, etc):

Result:

  • Reduced time of information search re Property rights
  • The opportunity of simultaneous work with archival documents of different services/departments

 

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