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

According to Claire's message, it's actually 98.6 percent or higher. That evaluation is not done at the time of submission, but at the time of validation. At that time, if the rating is to be upgraded, the validator can - and should - explain why the book should be accepted even though it may qualify as Fair by the automated tools. I think this is what Pratik was saying, although he used the word "submitter" when I think he actually meant "validator".


The question is: Will the Bookshare automated quality analyzer automatically reject the book if it falls below that 98.6 percent rating, regardless of what the validator gives as reasons for the low rating such as lots of foreign words, made up names in fantasy books or whatever. I wonder how many of those kinds of books would still go below that rating if they were excellent scans to begin with. I would imagine that most books should be able to clear this bar without much trouble if they are scanned conscientiously.

Evan

----- Original Message ----- From: "robert tweedy" <roberttweedy@xxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:05 AM
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.
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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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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