More and more customers do want to go further with their digitisation efforts: Extracting the textual content out of images and making it computer searchable has become a desirable outcome.
OCR is the conversion of images of typed or printed text into machine-encoded text. For many years Qidenus is already working with the world market leaders of automated software based OCR and is offering optical character recognition either as a software licence to its customers for self-service or as a service through the Qidenus Services Center
Whilst OCR is extracting typed or printed text out of images, the extraction of handwritten text is for many customers still a manual process. Since the beginning of its foundation, Qidenus’ aim was to make historical text available to the public. With this objective in mind, Qidenus started early to engage with the scientific community specialised in automated handwritten text recognition (HTR) to build a software based indexing service that allows a cost effective, rapid and scalable extraction of hand written text.
With this vision in mind, in 2015 Qidenus conducted for the very first time worldwide an industrialised extraction of handwritten text with more than 10 Mio pages.
Many customers have realised in the last few years that the topic of digitisation leads to a set of follow-on topics related to storage, data management as well as the cooperation with new partners. Based upon the request of numerous customers, Qidenus Group has for this reason kicked off a net new offering in 2015, addressing specifically these challenges: Within the framework of a public private partnership, Qidenus is developing solutions in mutual collaboration with the respective archives to open up new resources through digitisation projects, to manage the entire value chain and lastly to add new sources of income whilst providing the perfect framework of historical preservation.