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Re: OCR Recognition

The best program available for consumers is, in my experience, ABBYY Fine Reader. Much better than OmniPage. It works very well and can be trained to interpret "strange" characters. The results, as with all OCR programs, depend upon the quality of the scanned images.

Good luck,

Bob Schwartz
Mount Holyoke College

National Archives Crowdsources Transcription of CIA files

The National Archives is looking for volunteers to transcribe millions of digitized documents. Labeled missions by the Archive, the documents include Continental Congress records, papers of the Confederate Government, and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson's love letters. The crowdsourcing efforts end goal was 1000 transcribed documents by March 23, a goal that has already been met. This transcription challenge is part of a Sunshine Week initiative, a movement meant to spotlight the importance of good governance and the perils of excessive secrecy. 


H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For 9 March to 16 March

The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from  9 March
2015 to 16 March 2015. These job postings are included here based on
the categories selected by the list editors for H-Announce. See the
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City University of New York - Hunter College - Open-rank, Africa and
the World

CFP: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

Title: CFP: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets
    Location: Illinois
    Date: 2015-04-15
    Description: Call for Submissions:Special Edition: The Future of
       Digital Methods for Complex Datasets International Journal of
       Humanities and Arts Computing IJHAC: A Journal of Digital
       Humanities Abstracts Due: April 15, 2015 Full Chapters Due:
       August 1, 2015 Submit Abstracts electronically via .doc, .txt
       or .pdf to ...
    Announcement ID: 220905