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Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) comes built into PastView's Text Recognition service,  providing a fantastic way of searching items, such as journals and newspapers, by making the typed text within them searchable.

Choosing to OCR means any typed text found within your images will be stored against each item as a permanent record. This allows users to search 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 given text, and taking users directly to the relevant page and location, highlighting the content automatically.

Typed text recognition (OCR)

Offering a smooth, elegant ‘real feel’ digital interaction that enhances the physical reading experience, BookExplorer’s 3D technology brings your content to life. Optical Character Recognition comes built into BookExplorer, aiding the searching of typed text materials, to support your audiences research and discovery needs.


OCR results aiding discovery

Revolutionise the searching of your digital collections by making typed text documents discoverable using PastView's advanced searching capabilities. Unlock the endless possibilities of recognising typed text within your digitised collections, including handwritten notes, personal diaries, and even text within photographs. All this valuable information can be stored as metadata and instantly accessed by your audiences, enhancing their search experience.

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Transcribe handwritten text with HTR to enable it to be selected, copied and searched.

Use attribute sets to create the sub categories and filters to power your search.

Use attribute sets to create the sub categories and filters to power your search.

Société Jersiaise
A commitment to the country’s history, language and antiquities

The value of any collection is only ever fully realised when its contents are accessible, so we needed a user-friendly platform that did not sacrifice the needs of serious research. We needed a way to showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in an attractive way that offered powerful, customisable search options when users required them."

Gerard Sargent
Digitisation & Outreach Co-ordinator