[bksvol-discuss] Re: Requirements for acceptance -- the bottom line

  • From: "Jana Jackson" <jana@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 23:32:12 -0500

Hi, Silvara!  Please know that your validation efforts are very much
appreciated.  As Mary said, Bookshare.org is a community.  Each volunteer
brings his or her own strengths (or weaknesses, as the case may be) to the
table.  Some of us have more time, patience, and editing skills than others.
As OCR software continues to improve, many of us are finding it easier to
clean up our scans before submitting, resulting in much-improved scans.

Keep in mind that the requirements that Jesse has outlined for us are
minimal.  This does not mean that excellence should not be encouraged.
Remember that when you validate or submit a book, you are not necessarily
doing so for the benefit of the Bookshare staff; you are doing it for the
good of the Bookshare community as a whole.  Please keep up your good work!
Take care!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Silvara" <silvara@xxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 9:38 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Requirements for acceptance -- the bottom line

> I have a couple of points that I'd like to discuss.
> What is readable is very subjective.  As you stated Mary, what is
> readable to one person can be totally frustrating for another.  The
> about the term paper perfectly illustrates my feelings in this matter.  I
> too, would like to know if it's possible to raise the quality standards
> bookshare. I totally love this idea of bookshare and how we can have
> access to a wide variety of books. But I strongly feel that quality is
> important.  After all, bookshare is not a free service.  If we don't pay
> cash, we pay with our time.
> About 3 months ago I noticed that there were a lot of books waiting to be
> validated.  Thus, over the past 3 months I've spent a lot of my free time
> validating. I've validated thirty something books during this period. I
> spent time doing some basic cleaning up so that these books could be even
> better.  However, the comments by the powers-that- be, during this week
> lead me to feel that my efforts to improve the books were a waste of my
> time, and worse, not appreciated.  I can not consciously approve books
> knowing that with a little extra time spent on the clean up process, the
> book's quality can approach near-perfection.  Thus, the result is that I
> will have to think about how much time I want to devote to bookshare in
> future.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mary Otten" <maryotten@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 8:03 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Requirements for acceptance -- the bottom
> > Ah yes. the notion of what is readable is the rub in all of this.
> I love your idea about the volunteers and validating.
> > But getting back to the idea of readable, consider, if you will, what
> would happen to you if you turned in a term  paper, let's not even discuss
> thesis or disertation, just a garden variety term paper, and that paper
> > a bunch of cross-outs, scribblings, maybe a few coffee stains obscuring
> some of the text. What are the chances, do you suppose, that you would get
> anything but an F on that messy paper, 95 or even 98 percent of
> > which might be perfectly readable? Why the heck should people pay for
> anything less than the high end of "good" quality? Why shouldn't we as
> submitters of materials take enough pride in what we submit to want to
> > make it truly readable, i.e. containing some errors, but not so many
> the meaning of entire passages is  garbled? Obviously, if you have an old
> book with a bad font that just won't ocr well, there's not a lot you can
> > do. I've got such a book that I keep trying, hoping that the next
> iteration of K1k will unlock the key to the crummy Soviet-era font and
> on which the book was printed, so that I can actually enjoy reading the
> > book myself and have a decent enough scan to post for anybody else crazy
> enough to want to read this particular volume. <smile>
> > Somebody posted a question asking about how the standards were decided
> upon, or words to that effect. I too would be interested in that, and
> like to know if there is anything that we can do to revisit the issue
> > and get them raised. The word "readable" means very different things to
> different people, it would seem. Otherwise, we wouldn't have titles on the
> system with portions that are totally garbled and not at all readable.
> > Mary
> >
> >
> >

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