LIBER Webinar: Generating Metadata With AI - Experience of the National Library of the Netherlands
While librarians have been describing books manually for decades, several libraries are now experimenting with methods to automatically create metadata. 

Thanks to the growing volume of publications in electronic format, and the increase of artificial intelligence (AI) applications such as machine learning, there is a growing possibility for computers to interpret electronic texts and assist librarians when describing publications. 

During this webinar, Martijn Kleppe — Head of Research of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) — will discuss lessons learned by the KB learned during their first experiments, as recently described in a whitepaper

Without going into technical details, Martijn will discuss some of the experiments the KB did and the results. He will emphasize the lessons learned, and will end by giving advice to colleagues who are considering experimenting with AI techniques to automatically describe publications.

The webinar will be hosted by Jeannette Frey, President of LIBER and director of the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire (BCU) Lausanne.

About the Speakers 

Martijn Kleppe is Head of Research of the National Library of the Netherlands. Trained as historian, he wrote a dissertation on photographic iconic images by building and applying computational techniques. Before moving to the KB, he was a researcher in several European Digital Humanities research projects that focused on opening up (audio) visual and textual archives by using techniques from the National Language Processing Domain, speech recognition and computer vision. At the KB, he now leads the Research Department that covers topics such as digital preservation, copyright, public library research, digital scholarship and improving the usability and discoverability of digital content. He actively sets up research projects and consortia to stimulate the use of the digital collections of the KB and to implement the results within the organization in order for the general public to get better, richer and more innovative access to the national cultural treasures.

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