The OCR4Wikisource script is evolving heavily. Already more than 1,50,000 pages have been OCRed in both Tamil and Bengali Wikisource using the OCR4Wikisource script. The idea and the tool proved to be a game-changer for Indic Wikisource projects.
And when we were getting some hope, Google announced that they will charge for doing OCR using their drive.
Is there any chance that WMF will go for negotiation with Google so that we can do the mass OCR free of charge? I remember Asaf once told that this possibility can be pursued. I think, now is the time to do that.
On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:29 AM, Bodhisattwa Mandal <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Hi,I am happy to inform, that Shrinivasan has created a python script to automate the process in Linux system. This scripts upload the PDF files to Google Drive, download the OCRed text and split, merge the text files properly to fit as the PDF file. We have just tested the script for small files in Kannad and Bengali Wikisource and it was successful. We are going to test the script for using different types and sizes of files and in other Indic languages in next few days.
The script is in https://github.com/tshrinivasan/OCR4wikisourceFantastic news!A.
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