POST: Making Scanned Content Accessible Using Full-text Search and OCR

Chris Adams (Library of Congress) has written¬†a guest¬†post¬†for¬†The Signal¬†detailing how the library community¬†can affordably meet the challenge of creating metadata for “our terabytes of carefully produced and diligently preserved TIFF files” to promote discovery and engagement.

In “Making Scanned Content Accessible Using Full-text Search and OCR,” Adams documents¬†how¬†to get¬†“from scan to search” in four steps. Adams also offers possible¬†directions for the future including¬†“a simple web application¬†which would display images with the corresponding OCR with full version control, allowing the review and correction process to be a generic workflow step for many different projects.”

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