UK research libraries hold thousands of nineteenth-century pamphlets of interest to historians, linguists, politicians, genealogists and students and learners of all ages. But this material is not straightforward to digitise – the pamphlets sit in many different libraries (sometimes duplicated in many libraries), are of different quality and binding, use different typefaces, are sometimes annotated or include adverts and have various other qualities which impede a straightforward workflow.

As part of their digitisation programme, funding body JISC commissioned scoping study on the pamphlets to determine various issues in advance of the project as a whole. These include

  • developing selection criteria
  • benchmarks for OCRing
  • planning a workflow
  • agreeing metadata standards

The resulting study gives an excellent basis for this project, but also a helpful guide for other projects having to digitise a wide range of heterogeneous material.