Another alternative is development of open source good quality OCR or improve existing ones. Many tried in India and Bangladesh to create OCR by taking Government funds but no one knows what happened to those projects. We approached some of them but either they were reluctant to show the results or they did not bother. WMF and WMIN were also approached to develop the OCR, but we were said that they possess no such infrastructure and expertise to run the project.

Besides, developing new OCR will take a lot of time and we can't postpone our Wikisource projects based on it. We have already waited for a long time for a good quality OCR. Few months ago, we were typing every page of a novel word by word and that was our only way of proofreading. :-) But that's past now.

We always hope to get better alternatives and if we find any, we will definitely try to pursue it.


On Feb 22, 2016 1:32 AM, "Federico Leva (Nemo)" <nemowiki@gmail.com> wrote:
Bodhisattwa Mandal, 21/02/2016 17:13:
we don't have other options but to use the Google OCR tool.

This is not true, of course. There is always an alternative, the question is which alternative is worth pursuing.


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