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Semi-automatic indexing to generate MARC-21 Records 

C-3 Plus is an application for semiautomatic title-indexing of periodicals like journals and serials. Input  are  scanned Table of Contents (TOC) as TIFF/MTIFF/PDF. Output is app. 200-250 articles/h. This is more than 10 times faster than manual indexing. Data is supplied as MARC21.XML or native C-3.XML Records for individual post processing.

C-3 Plus extracts semiautomatic title, author and page number from articles. It supports multiptle languages and even diacritica. By extracting title-/metadata from union catalogues and merging them with the extracted  article data then comprehensive MARC21 records will be produced.

C-3 Plus supports a free-form and a rule-based approach to indexing and offers partially automated workflows. It supports lots of convenience functions, such as:

  • automatic quick recognition of text blocks
  • comprehensive indexing capabilities
  • structural data acquisition
  • image processing functions

By connecting a scanner semiautomatic indexing can start immediatly. Existing digitised material can be imported easily in the workflow. Library system as ALEPH/ALMA,  OCLC/PICA are  connected  by SRU and/or RestfulAPI.

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Here you can see all indexing options with C-3 Plus


  • semi-automatic extraction of articles from tables of contents
  • Output of bibliographical article title data (title, author, page numbers, etc.)
  • Enrichment and administration of related metadata (title data e.g. ISSN, issue, issue number and GND-ID)
  • Processing of multi-column and tabular tables of contents
  • Recognition of multilingual tables of contents
  • realized as Unicode application (UTF-16), support of Cyrillic, Greek and Slavic characters
  • comfortable diacritics handling, name setting, automatic page interval calculation
  • Generation of composite compatible delivery formats (C3 XML, MARC 21 XML, PICA+, PICA3)
  • optional rule-based recognition and assignment of attachment data or recognition in “free-form” mode on a page-by-page basis
  • Use of special BCS-2 Office/Professional functions
Here you can see a typical indexing workflow

Basic connection to BCS-2® Office or Professional

  • configurable user interfaces and workflows
  • Scanning or processing of external digitised material
  • comfortable image editing (masking, scaling)
  • integrated OCR (Tesseract), optional ABBYY
  • Use of comfort functions e.g.
    • automatic quick recognition of text blocks
    • extensive indexing, structural data acquisition
    • Image processing functions
    • Metadata enrichment with transfer of standard data
    • Correction of special characters
  • Generation of compound-compatible export formats
  • C-3 Plus can be used as a standalone solution
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Here you can see how BCS-2 and C-3 Plus interact

Extended connection to MyBib eDoc

  • In connection with the workflow management system MyBib eDoc, C-3 Plus can be used as a multi-user solution for cooperative work.
  • Advantages of C-3 Plus:
    • automated workflow control
    • flexible business processes with which different FIDs and different media types (magazines vs. collections/congress volumes) can be implemented
    • Dashboard reporting
    • browser-based quality assurance
  • MyBib eDoc/C-3 Plus Workflow
    • Order management in MyBib eDoc
    • Processing in BCS-2 and C-3
    • Delivery/provision via MyBib eDoc

User manuals and technical descriptions

On our documentation website you will find manuals and additional documentation for our software solutions. These structured reference works make it easier for you to use the software, provide answers to questions and optimize the application in your company.

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