|Facit is short
for Fast Automated Conversion with Integrated Tools. The project has been
supported by EU under the Libraries section of the Telematics Programme.
It started in January 1993 and finished in February 1996
of electronic retrospective conversion of the Palatino Catalogue has been
initiated within the framework of FACIT project, intending to experiment
new conversion techniques of paper catalogues.
Catalogue records the works of the Palatina Library, once hold by the Lorena
family, and of other important collections which have been subsequently
included (Nencini, Passerini, Targioni Tozzetti, Filippini, Miscellanea
Capretta). Togher with the Magliabechi Catalogue it represents the core
of the historical collections of the National Central Library of Florence.
Catalogue includes some 225.000 bibliographic records relating to books
published from XVIth to XIXth century. The existing paper cards have been
created in the Fifties, taking the information from the old manuscript
|A first phase
of the project has been devoted to investigate the possibility of scanning
card catalogues via OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and standardised
automation. This technique, which has been successfully implemented in
the office automation, has instead shown serious limits with regard to
Palatino cards. Such cards,in fact, were seriously damaged during the Florence
floods in 1966.
have entailed a redefinition of the operational objectives of the project.
In its second phase the images of the paper catalogue cards have been scanned
and a short description made by an operator has been added. At the end
of the project all catalogue cards will be scanned in colour mode, in order
to get a better visibility and let inalterated the origiginal markes and
relations between text, stamp and paper alterations.
|A demo section
of the work is here available to the remote user, which consists of the
first part of the catalogue, organised in blocks. The catalogue shows the
first and the last name present within the block. At the moment, searches
are possible in a sequential order, but searches by author, title, key
word and publication year will be soon possible.