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OCR and the Dedham Transcript

Post 1

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I worked in a library in Dedham, Mass. From the late 1870s through the early 1950s, the library dutifully collected paper copies of the paper. Then, in the 1950s, someone got the idea of microfilming them. legibility of the earliest papers (and, alas, the mid-1940s, when paper quality was poor because the good paper was needed for the war effort). Scroll forward to around 2000 (Y2K), when digitizing became the rage, and machines could presumably digitize microfilm. I shudder to think what digitization made of microfilms of already poor-legibility documents smiley - groan.


OCR and the Dedham Transcript

Post 2

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Oh, the "paper" was the Dedham Transcript. The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester still has print copies. presumably the Boston Public Library still does. One of the library directors planned to digitize the whole Dedham historical collection, including the Transcript. I hope they succeeded


OCR and the Dedham Transcript

Post 3

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - ok I do, too!

I started reading microfilm newspapers at university. I have spent many, many hours with my head in one of those microfilm readers. Lovely invention! smiley - smiley

And better quality than a lot of the scans Library of Congress have. Also better than OCR.

I wrote a guide entry yesterday with the help of some newspaper articles from the early 20s. I blew one article up, copied it, and read it off the Paint program to transcribe a quote. Give us the tools, we'll do the job...


OCR and the Dedham Transcript

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

In some ways I am still thinking like an archivist. I'm the secretary of my tenants' association, and I weigh the benefits of redundancy -- having vital files on paper as well as computer files. Who knows when the next computer crash will happen just as a document is desperately needed?


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Post 5

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - rofl I'm all for backups.


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