CENDI Interest Areas — Technology Assessments
Scanning and Optical Character Recognition
Several CENDI organizations have used scanning to capture the abstracts or full text of published government materials. Interested CENDI members reviewed the state of the technologies for scanning and Optical Character Recognition in 1996. The initiatives are documented in the report CENDI Analysis of Scanning/Optical Character Recognition Position Descriptions (CENDI/96-3). The group also developed a plan for dealing with the issue of legacy collections (The Imaging of Legacy Collections Among the CENDI Agencies (CENDI/97-1)); conducted a review of the impact of OCR on job descriptions; and developed guidelines for the exchange of images (Guideline for the Exchange of Images among CENDI Agencies (CENDI/96-2)).
An assessment of the state of the art of search engines was conducted for CENDI by MITRE in 1996.The results were summarized in Extending Access: A Study of Search Engine Technologies (A joint COSPO/CENDI sponsored project).
In April 2003, an XML workshop was held for CENDI agencies staff, which included an introduction to XML, its use as an end-to-end standard for ingest, management and dissemination, and a review of the NISO and E-government initiatives in this area. The workshop was attended by over 40 CENDI staff members.