Gillard Editing provides an OCR (optical character recognition) service to extract text from documents which have a clearly recognisable typeface. Advanced “training” techniques bring a better level of text recognition than offered by off-the-shelf programs; this allows physical archives to be converted into searchable digital resources.

Our image-to-text bureau service is by far the UK’s fastest, largest and most accurate and operates at up to ten times the speed of any other domestic OCR provider.

Before …
The Hound of the Baskervilles … and after: OCR facsimile of The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Strand Magazine 1901. The left-hand image shows a low-resolution unsearchable scan, whereas the right-hand image shows the resulting fully searchable pdf facsimile. The OCR process makes it possible to search for terms contained within a particular page, within a complete multi-page document, or across an entire collection of documents. Click on the images to see the full-sized versions.

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