The Best OCR Tools: A Comparison

Factful created a side-by-side comparison of seven optical character recognition tools. OCR tools allow users to transform a scan or photograph of a letter or court filing into searchable, sortable text that can be analyzed using multiple kinds of documents. While the quality of most of the tools handled a clean document, none of them gave perfect results on trickier ones. Factful selected several documents — two easy-to-read reports, a receipt, an historical document, a legal filing with a lot of redaction, a filled in disclosure form and a water damaged page — to run through a few OCR engines.

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Posted on: April 9, 2019

Inside the Panama Papers Investigation

How do journalists organize and analyze 11.5 million secret records? The leaked files were larger than the combined total of Wikileaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks: e-mails, pdfs, photos, and a database spanning from the 1970s to 2016. ICIJ and German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung used Nuix digital analysis software and an optical character recognition (OCR) program to transform data and images -- like scanned IDs and signed contracts -- into machine-readable and easy to search files. 

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

Posted on: April 5, 2016