[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No Longer Accepted

Robert,

Before you upload the file, you can chek  the accuracy stats in Kurzweil
1000 to be sure that you have a good quality scan.  The other factor is the
validator.  Now that There is a policy on rejecting Fair quality books,  the
validators need to make sure that the books are actually good quality.
That's an indication that the validator needs to make in the comments field.
It would be my understanding that Bookshare will not automatically reject
books that are of a certain quality but will need to rely on submitters' and
validators' judgment.  Both will have to justify in the comments field when
he/she is indicating to the administrator that a particular book is being
accepted despite its apparently low rating by the automated tools.

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of robert tweedy
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:06 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No Longer Accepted

We can choose the rating when we submit but is Bookshare going to leave this

alone since they want 98 per cent or higher? I have kurzweil set at 97.5 per

cent and the reason being the quality of the print or misspell words.
Skype contact bobwichitaks phone 316-524-5454
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:07 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No Longer Accepted


>I haven't submitted in years, literally. Is that an
> option for the submitter, too?
>
> I still don't have clear in my mind if the quality
> rating given when books are submitted are given by a
> bookshare automatic rater or by the submitter. In
> either case, you all have brought up some problems. I
> still would like to see no rating until it's given by
> the validator. That way validators will take books
> without being misled one way or another and can fairly
> quickly tell, perhaps, if a book is only Fair, by
> looking for page breaks and doing a spell-check to see
> if there are a lot of junk characters or scannos;
> whether all the pages are there if they aren't
> numbered would take a little more time, but then the
> validator could just release the book if he/she didn't
> want to do more, such as check first and last lines of
> pages, or decide it looked o.k. to validate.
>
> G.Cindy
> --- Jill O'Connell <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Fair Quality Scans: No Longer AcceptedSharon, When a
>> validator uploads a book and is given its quality
>> rating, he/she has the opportunity at that point to
>> raise the rating if it is felt that dialects,
>> unfamiliar names, places, etc. are causing too low a
>> rating. Jill
>>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>>   From: Sharon
>>   To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>   Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:04 PM
>>   Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans:
>> No Longer Accepted
>>
>>
>>   I have some questions about this. I'm delighted
>> first of all! But how does the 98.6-99.3 rating
>> compare to k1000? Also, if we are scanning books
>> with lots of words that are not in the dictionary,
>> such as books with Greek, Hebrew, and/or Latin
>> transliterations, proper names, Biblical names,
>> etc., or medical or psychological terms which are
>> not well known, and we have read the book word for
>> word, how do we indicate that, and how does that
>> effect the rating? Also, I routinely add words to
>> k1000 dictionary so my rating would be higher than
>> say the rating of someone who did not add such
>> words. I am delighted at this change!
>>   Sharon
>>     -----Original Message-----
>>     From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
>> Behalf Of Claire O'Brien
>>     Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:57 PM
>>     To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>     Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Fair Quality Scans: No
>> Longer Accepted
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>     Dear Bookshare Volunteers:
>>
>>     In our ongoing effort to raise the quality
>> standard of the reading
>>     experience at Bookshare.org, we are happy to
>> announce that 'Fair'
>>     quality scans will no longer be accepted. We
>> feel that in order to honor
>>     our commitment to offer the best reading
>> experience possible for the
>>     print-disabled community, scanned books must now
>> meet the minimum
>>     quality standard of 'Good' (98.6-99.3% words
>> recognized by our quality rating and dictionary).
>>
>>     Our collection is largely built from our
>> volunteer community, and we
>>     value the contributions from each of our
>> supporters. We hope that this
>>     decision will improve the Bookshare.org
>> experience for both our readers
>>     and volunteers.
>>
>>     For helpful hints on how to produce better
>> scans, please browse the
>>     following resources:
>>     The Volunteer Manual (soon be renamed the
>> Scanning and Validation
>>     Manual):
>> http://www.bookshare.org/web/VMMain.html
>>     Friends of Bookshare web page:
>> www.friendsofbookshare.org
>>     Jake's web page: www.jbrownell.com/bks/
>>
>>     Sincerely,
>>
>>     Claire O'Brien
>>     Collection Development Manager, Bookshare
>>     Benetech
>>     480 S. California Ave., Suite 201
>>     Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA
>>
>>     claireo@xxxxxxxxxxxx
>>
>>     www.bookshare.org
>>
>>     The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving
>> Humanity
>>     A Nonprofit Organization
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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