Kirtas Technologies to Provide High Quality Digitization Services to Yale University and Microsoft Corp.



    
    Books will be digitized and searchable on Microsoft Live Search Books
    

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 30 /CNW/ -- Kirtas Technologies, a leading
innovator and provider of digital scanning solutions, today announced it will
provide high-quality digitization services to Yale University Library, in
conjunction with the company's agreement with Microsoft Corp. to digitize
books for Live Search Books.
    The project will initially focus on digitization of 100,000
out-of-copyright English-language books that may not be available at other
institutions.  Beginning in early 2008, the University's collection will
gradually become available through Microsoft's Live Search interface
(http://books.live.com), enabling students, scholars, and readers to use them
anywhere in the world. With approximately thirteen million volumes throughout
its system, Yale University boasts one of the most extensive and unique
academic libraries in the world.
    "We are delighted and honored to be selected by Yale University and
Microsoft to digitize some of the unique and amazing items that they hold,"
said Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, CEO and Founder of Kirtas Technologies. "Through this
relationship, hundreds of years of invaluable knowledge will be moved from
books to bytes and become accessible to millions around the world."
    Yale and Microsoft selected Kirtas Technologies for its radically
innovative book-scanning technology and its unique digitization expertise. The
Library has successfully worked with Kirtas in a previous digitization
project, as well.
    "As part of our agreement with Yale, we'll be opening a satellite service
bureau in New Haven," said Mark Klein, Director of Operations at Kirtas. "And
while our New Haven facility will be fully staffed, our production process
allows for remote access, which means it will be fully integrated with our
Victor operation."
    In addition to being the fastest robotic book scanner in the world,
Kirtas' APT BookScan 2400, coupled with the BookScan Editor PRO software,
delivers unrivaled image quality while handling books more gently than the
human hand.
    Kirtas Quality Services-the company's in-house service bureau that
employs more than 75 image technicians and operates three shifts- has mastered
a proprietary digitization process that guarantees an overall error rate lower
than one per 10,000 pages, ensuring quality mass digitization that will meet
the highest standards and endure the test of time.
    "This collaboration will allow the Yale Library to give international
digital access to our rare and uniquely held materials," said Alice Prochaska,
Yale University Librarian.  "We have been extremely pleased by the work that
Kirtas has done for us in the past and we look forward to working with them
again on this exciting project.  We are also delighted that Kirtas will be
opening an office in the New Haven area."
    "This is a significant alliance for Microsoft, and we look forward to
collaborating with the Yale University Library," said Danielle Tiedt, General
Manager of the Live Search Books selection team at Microsoft. "The Library has
a wealth of materials in its general and special collections, and we are
delighted to help bring these treasures to the attention of a broader
audience."
    
    About Kirtas Technologies
    
    Kirtas Technologies was founded in 2001 with the vision of bringing to
the digital realm the massive knowledge sitting on library shelves, government
archives and corporate storerooms. Today, the company's revolutionary
technology redefines digitization of all bound documents, delivering gentler
handling and higher image quality faster, with fewer errors, and at a lower
cost than any other solution in the marketplace. For more information, visit
www.kirtastech.com.
    
    About Yale University Library
    
    One of the world's leading research libraries, Yale University Library is
a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by
scholars from around the world.  A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum
of resources, including approximately thirteen million volumes and information
in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic
databases.  The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to
its physical and digital collections.  Housed in twenty-two buildings
including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, it employs a dynamic staff of nearly six-hundred who offer
innovative and flexible services to library readers.  To learn more about Yale
University Library and its collections and services, visit
www.library.yale.edu.
    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

    
    For more information contact:
    Linda A. Becker
    585-924-2420 Ext. 3017
    lbecker@kirtas.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Linda A. Becker of Kirtas Technologies, 
+1-585-924-2420 Ext. 3017 or becker@kirtas.com Web Site:
http://www.kirtastech.com                  http://www.library.yale.edu      
           http://books.live.com

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