On 2012-06-07 13:37, Andrea Zanni wrote:
Well, that would be awesome, Gerard.
OCR could be a critic feature of Wikisource (for example), the best
softwares are all commercial (eg. ABBYY Finereader)
and they cost a LOT. It would be very useful to understand what IMPACT
does and where it is going.
Moreover, Wikisource can be a testbed directly for OCR softwares,
(because we have human proofreaders :-), and I think this is waht Remì
was thinking :-)
It's great if Gerard can visit the meeting. I don't agree that
the normal, commercial version of Finereader costs "a lot". If it
did, free OCR software would have a fair chance, but Finereader
is actually affordable, € 130 for a single person license. Most
digital cameras cost more than that.
What IMPACT is doing, however, is to improve Finereader for
blackletter/Fraktur, an area where both the standard Finereader and
free OCR software do a poor job.
Wikisource can indeed offer the strength of manual, volunteer
proofreaders in many different languages.
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Project Runeberg - free Nordic literature - http://runeberg.org/