OCR and Its Application to Documentation - A State of the Art Review,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARIS (FRANCE)
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The purpose of this Agardograph is to consider current methods of preparation, abstraction and dissemination of technical information, and to make suggestions and recommendations as to how these processes could be speeded up and otherwise improved. The technology of data handling and data processing has improved dramatically over the last decade, and the pace of advance seems to be still increasing. Techniques of OCR Optical Character Recognition, large scale data-base access and manipulation, perhaps via world wide computer networks and computer controlled typesetting are relevant to the area of interest of this paper. They have all been fully proven by extensive real use in the hard commercial world. Two others areas of interest - automatic machine translation and abstraction - whilst not yet proven to the same degree, are being actively worked upon and may shortly become a useful reality. Extensive use of the technological tools already available, together with a conscious monitoring of technical advances can lead to hardware systems which can enhance our present capability in the area of documentation. To make best use of such systems, however, requires the establishment of, and compliance with, standard rules of procedure. It is hoped that this note may give those having the authority to define such procedural guidelines some information to consider. For the author, librarian or archivist it is hoped that this agardograph indicates what the state of the art is, and what it may become in the near future.
- Computer Hardware
- Optical Detection and Detectors