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Andrew September 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

Although they do not do handwritten manuscripts, another neat approach is the “Distributed Proofreaders” project, http://www.pgdpcanada.net/c/default.php. They use OCR to get a baseline text, and then have participants correct any errors.

The same with the National Library of Australia’s Newspaper collection. It’s one of the slickest examples of distributed OCR proofreading out there: http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home

Karen Cayamanda October 11, 2010 at 3:30 am

Transcription is a great way of preserving information that matters to a lot of people, particularly historical documents that resonate with a collective. And what’s more is that just about anyone can do it–except of course for legal and medical transcription, which requires background in their respective fields.

TimothyOutsourcing April 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm

It’s good to know about these opensource transcription tools. I think there would be more advances in OCR and transcription technology if there are more opensource projects as such.

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