Infinite Monkeys of Babel – Crowdsourcing for the betterment of OCR language material
AbstractThe OCR editor is the National Library of Finland’s most recent foray into the budding phenomenon of crowd-sourcing. Under the motto of many hands make light work, users can swiftly correct the typical mistakes in OCR scanned text of source materials – often of challenging visual quality – using nothing more than their browser. Improving the quality and availability of the digital text would make it easier to directly study the original sources, and indirectly contribute to other tools depending on accuracy such as word list generators and dictionaries.
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