Added value through digitization.
CCS is your partner for challenging digitization tasks.
Preserve knowledge and make it accessible.
docWorks - The software for professional Digital Libraries.
Knowing what is happening.
newsWorks - The software for professional media monitoring.
A masterpiece of logistics.
digitizationServices - The process management for digitization projects.
Bring content to life.
contentExperience - Engage your audience with magical display solutions.
Content Conversion Specialists
We are a German software company specializing in the fields of Digital Library and Archive and Digital Press Review and Media Monitoring. In both areas our products are among the best in the world.
Who we areWhat drives us since 1976 is the question of how we can make knowledge more accessible by using technology. We develop intelligent software to digitize archives and bundle news. We design innovative display systems to convey content in an interactive and exciting way. Our customers include the world’s most prestigious and advanced libraries, publishers, companies, content providers, ministries and media monitoring agencies. Welcome to CCS.
MissionInformation is the basis of purposeful action and therefore a basic need of society. The goal at CCS is to provide our customers and business partners with the best conversion technology and service available to make knowledge digitally accessible, searchable, and usable. In the case of libraries, we help to preserve cultural knowledge for the future.
- – 40 years of experience
- – Leader in software and workflow automation
- – Quality “Made in Germany”
- – Continuing development and innovation of products
- – Leader in digital press review and library software
- – Member of most important XML committees
14 – 18 February 2016 – CeBIT, Hanover (DE)
What is docWorksdocWorks is a software program used by the most renowned libraries, publishing houses, and companies worldwide to digitize and convert their valuable library holdings and archives for easy access, searchability, and long-term preservation. The term “Digital Library” falls a little short of comprehensive in describing the actual result. “Digital” means the transformation of printed documents to digital images—i.e., by scanning pages and receiving JPGs, TIFFs, or PDFs. However, to create a truly searchable digital library, these images need to be “converted” into intelligent units using OCR (text recognition) and zoning (e.g., the identification of different articles on a newspaper page). docWorks is the only software that bundles all necessary conversion steps in a single, smooth workflow. Various docWorks editions guarantee a custom-fit solution for your project, be it a small collection or a National Library.
Advantages of a Digital Library
- – Easy access to a worldwide audience
- – Much better, faster and more comprehensive search
- – Foundation for long-term preservation
- – Holdings are available for second-cycle exploitation
- – Single, smooth workflow with central control center
- – Time savings due to streamlined and automated process
- – No expensive errors from false copying or lost data shipments
- – Consistent, standardized output
- – Easily upscalable, from thousands to millions of pages
How does docWorks work
docWorks “converts” scanned images. More specifically, docWorks identifies the information contained in scanned pages (such as text and structure), saves this information in an XML file, and adds this file to the image. The two essential conversion steps are OCR and segmentation of the document by logical units (articles, chapters, etc.). Only through OCR can a scanned page be searchable, and zoning and structure recognition ensure that only relevant search results are displayed. For instance, if no zoning/structure is applied, a multiple-word search within newspapers might display thousands of results because the single search words are being found throughout an entire newspaper page. Segmentation of the page by its different articles will ensure that the search words are found in the same article.
The conversion process runs through different steps: Following import, the scanned images are “cropped,” meaning they are cut to a consistent size. This step is followed by zoning (segmentation of the page by classified blocks and columns) and the editing of structure (paragraph, chapter, article), text correction, and metadata. Next comes a standardized output of the data in METS/ALTO files, which are stored in the archive and fed into the presentation system. Every workflow step consists of an automatic analysis executed by docWorks and a manual correction. This correction can be done by the docWorks user, or it can be outsourced to specialized service partners. Important: If the correction is outsourced, the service partner receives a special online access that allows him/her to process the data from anywhere in the world. The actual data always remains with the docWorks client. Please go to Digitization Services
to learn more.
Presentation systems and appWe work with a selection of systems that help you to best present your Digital Library online. Besides the standard website solution, we have developed a special app that provides a whole new way to experience digital publications. The app offers thumbnail preview, automatically created table of contents, and text search. Table of contents and search results link directly to their respective sources, highlighted in color. Thanks to the gesture control of tablets, you can leaf through digital publications as you would an actual book. This allows you to present valuable content in a simple, modern, and excitingly graphical way to an interested audience — or you can use the app as an internal communications tool to inform colleagues and stakeholders about the advantages and progress of your digitization efforts. The app is designed to grow continuously through the addition of topics, pictures, texts, or whole publications.
Worldwide resellers docWorks
What is newsWorks
newsWorks is a software program used to create professional digital press and media reviews. Our clients include global companies, federal ministries and institutions, as well as media monitoring agencies. A newsWorks digital press review is multimedia-based and can be forwarded as a download, email, RSS, or app to any number of recipients. No matter where you are or when, all devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets are served with the highest standard of press review. By using newsWorks, you are able to create top-level digital press reviews that are sleek, well-arranged, and user-friendly — the foundation for the right strategic decisions and a successful business.
A press review is the daily calling card of the company’s press department to the board of directors and other press-review recipients. This is why we focus strongly on the best technology, an appealing design, and customized solutions to provide you with the best software for your press work. Flexible modules ensure that you get the product that matches your needs. Selected configurations offer the possibility to efficiently correct and adapt article contents, delete unnecessary duplications (e.g., identical press bulletins), and arrange the clippings in fitting rubrics. An additional highlight is the option to evaluate articles and have a graphical analysis of your media response.
How does newsWorks work
Thanks to its flexible, modular system, newsWorks adapts perfectly to your needs and demands.
newsClip is the module for clipping selected articles from newspapers, magazines, and websites. It is equipped with an integrated OCR for titles and subtitles. newsClip also provides you with a scan of the original page from which the article was clipped. This allows the press-review reader to include neighboring material in his/her evaluation.
newsPress is the standard module for selecting, assembling, and arranging press articles in a digital press review.
If more than one newsClip is in use, a workflow module called newsFlow ensures smooth control of the machining sequence and distribution process. Additional modules, such as newsRead and newsCorr Server , contribute to a significant increase in the efficiency of the operations process.
Mobile solutionsBecause a large number of our clients read their press reviews on mobile devices, we developed mobile solutions to match. Our flagship development is the newsWorks app, which comes in a minimalistic, sleek, and intuitive design that perfectly uses all advantages provided by tablet technology (multitouch and gesture control, simple zooming, and page swipe). These features are combined with everything you expect in a classic press review: clearly arranged running text; articles sorted by date, category, and subject; compelling original-scan views; pin-sharp image galleries — and even (in version 6.3 and later) embedded audio and video clips.
Experience a whole new world of digital press reviews and download the free newsWorks app now!
Scanned press articles, TIFF, JPG, JPG2000
PDF, PDF/A (with searchable full text and keyword highlighting)
HTML, XML, TXT and Word-DOC
MobileCast (HTML for mobile devices)
App (for iPad)
- Automated layout analysis (identification of image and text elements)
- Automated clipping of desired articles
- Automated OCR and text correction
- Automated capture of meta data
- Automated embedding of original-scan view
- Automated assembly of the articles into a press review
- Individual evaluation of articles and organization into categories
- Individual branding of press reviews with client CI
- Capability to add workflow monitoring system
- Further automation by connecting a processing server
- Automated highlighting of defined keywords
- Automatically updated feeds from news portals
Worldwide resellers newsWorks
What are Digitization Services Implementation of the entire digitization process — selecting the documents, scanning them, monitoring the conversion steps, and the final filing — can be done directly by the docWorks user, or it can be outsourced to a qualified, CCS-affiliated service partner. Besides being technically challenging, multimillion-page projects are also very ambitious in terms of logistics. To meet these special demands, CCS has developed its customized Digitization Services for project and process management, to ensure a smooth, careful, and economical conversion of your valuable materials and to convey all the benefits of renowned docWorks technology.
itemTracking A very helpful tool to keep track of all documents during the digitization and conversion process is the browser-based tracking and monitoring module called itemTracking. Each document is labeled with a barcode that allows you to follow the conversion status of the item. Access to itemTracking is possible from any Internet-connected computer — so you can manage, monitor, and analyze your digitization projects at any time, from anywhere.
Business Process Outsourcing Vendors
Everything we do is driven by our belief in the life-enriching aspects of digitization. We created our conversion software docWorks so libraries and archives could open their valuable holdings to a worldwide community of researchers. We teamed up with renowned libraries to develop beautifully designed and simple to use apps to engage a mobile audience in historic newspapers. Now we have developed something new which might change the future of exhibition design.
It‘s a kind of magic.
CCS‘s MagicBox is a revolutionary fusion of display cabinet and fascinating hands-on experience. It is set to introduce a new era of how libraries and archives will be able to give access to their valuable yet fragile materials.
The MagicBox technology is installed in an illuminated display cabinet. It produces a transparent and touch sensitive layer of digital content that visitors can browse while at the same time having full sight of the original item behind glass. Rare publications, up to now limited to a look-only display spread, will be fully tangible at the fingertips of the audience, who can virtually leaf through the superimposed pages.
The MagicBox app that operates the digital content not only lets you display and browse digitized print media, but also image galleries, 3D views, and movies. Display cabinets will become pulsating windows to a world of wonders, enriching the exhibition not only with more information, but by making it a truly memorable visiting experience.
If the digital conversion of the analogue print media was done with CCS‘s software docWorks, the MagicBox app will also display automatically generated tables of contents allowing users to directly navigate to selected articles and chapters. Depending on the quality of the OCR, the app also provides Search and even Read-out-loud functions.
A new form of edutainment
CCS develops lovingly crafted mobile apps to shine light on special historic events or institutions. Photo galleries, text searches, curated information and high-quality excerpts from newspapers create a truly interactive insight into the particular zeitgeist. Partner institutions include the University of California Riverside, the Humboldt University and the State and University Library Hamburg.
CCS iPad apps
Wir sind auf der Suche nach interessanten und engagierten Menschen, die Spaß daran haben komplexe Dinge einfach und verständlich zu machen, Softwareprozesse per Automatisierung harmonisch fließen zu lassen und für jedes Projekt die optimale Lösung zu finden – kurz: uns dabei helfen unsere Produkte noch besser zu machen. Wer auch noch ein ausgeprägtes Interesse für Bücher, Zeitungen, neue Medien und Design mitbringt – umso besser.
Unser Büro ist im schönen Hamburg, wir arbeiten international und abwechslungsreich mit geschichtsträchtigen Kulturgütern, aktuellen Medien und digitalen Zukunftstechnologien. Eigenverantwortliches Arbeiten, die Möglichkeit schnell Ergebnisse deiner Arbeit zu sehen, flache Hierarchien und direkte Kommunikation sind die Grundprinzipien, die unsere Zusammenarbeit prägen.