Optical Character Recognition

Unlock the data in your scans! Creekside Digital can run Optical Character Recognition to extract text from your raw images. While the typical output of the OCR process is a searchable PDF file with an invisible layer of text under the original document image, the text content can also be exported as separate “sidecar” files in many other formats including plain text, Excel, and XML. Creekside Digital has OCR’d millions of documents for our customers, and we have the experience and capacity to handle jobs of any size.

Indexing and Data Capture

By default, scans are sequentially named as they come off the scanner (e.g., “0000007.jpg,” “0000008.jpg,” etc. This preserves the sequence in which each document image appeared in the source book or film, which is important information by itself. However, quite often the images we create from source documents need to be indexed or named according to certain fields or data they contain, or using some predefined naming convention. Creekside Digital can perform this service for you to allow easy, rapid identification and retrieval of specific records within a group of documents.

Another common service we provide is the identification and transcription of specific fields within a given document image, such as handwritten entries on a form. This is called Data Capture. Depending on your specific requirements, Creekside Digital can manually enter these values into a spreadsheet and / or use some or all of them to name each image.

Multipage File Assembly

Often, more than one document image makes up the original record. For example, a student record file might consist of six separate pages which appear sequentially on a roll of source microfilm. Creekside Digital can create a single multipage TIFF or PDF file which contains all six document images belonging to that particular student’s record. Typically, such multipage files are named according to some unique characteristic of the record (e.g., student name or Social Security Number). This application is common with personnel records and student transcripts.

Creekside Digital can also create multipage “reader” files for 35mm newspaper microfilm conversions. These allow patrons and staff to easily scroll through multiple pages from a given roll of digitized newspapers. We adjust the number of pages in each multipage “chunk” in order to find a size that opens quickly and easily, as each project is unique.

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The Digitization Program Office (DPO) is pleased to present its 2018 Annual Report outlining the work and special activities that took place over the course of the year.

DPO works to implement a vision of “Discovery through Digitization” by partnering with others to increase the quantity, quality, and impact of digitized Smithsonian collections.

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Now for some music with #smithsonianmusic! We're currently working with National Museum of American History Archives Center to digitize thousands of posters related to WWI and WWII, including this troop morale poster from 1917: collections.si.edu/search/detail/edanmdm:siris_arc_176697

According to an article from the New York Times published in the fall of 1918, the Phonograph Records Recruiting Corps was created by Vivien Burnett, son of novelist and playwright Frances Hodgson Burnett, to collect records, machines, and needles to provide music to soldiers overseas during WWI, by recruiting and drafting "slacker records."

Learn more about the Smithsonian Year of Music: music.si.edu/ and stay tuned as we continue to digitize more collections from National Museum of American History!
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