PastView’s inbuilt optical character recognition module provides a fantastic way of searching items, such as journals and newspapers, by making the typed text with them searchable.

Selecting OCR during initial upload means your images will be rendered and any text found will be stored against each item as a permanent record. This allows users to perform a search through your website for the content of a document rather than just a specific field, such as name, date, or volume.

The search will trawl all items in your digital collection, comparing stored text against the given text and then taking the user directly to the page and location once a match is found, highlighting the content automatically.