Handwriting Transcription Service and OCR with Athreon Trans|IT
Handwriting Transcription Explained
Handwriting transcription (sometimes referred to as text-to-text transcription or document transcription) is the process of taking notes, forms, historical documents, lists, letters, or other written materials from paper and converting them into digital formats such as word processing documents, PDFs, or spreadsheets. Transcribing handwriting to text is common among businesses that need to scan handwritten documents or convert old records into something accessible online or in searchable databases. Not only can transcribing handwritten documents save time by allowing for easy data entry, but it supports digitization efforts to go paperless. Ultimately, handwriting transcription makes it easier to create actionable data quickly and accurately.
Transcribing Handwritten Documents vs. Optical Character Recognition
Handwriting transcription and optical character recognition (OCR) are two methods of converting handwritten documents into machine-readable text. Handwriting transcription involves manually entering each character on the page into a computer, a process that is time-consuming but produces highly accurate results. OCR works by scanning a document and then using software to convert it into editable text. While faster than handwriting transcription, OCR can be prone to misinterpretation and often results in incorrect or incomplete words or numbers. Because of this, verification by a human transcriptionist or editor is often advisable following an OCR conversion to maximize accuracy. Athreon pairs OCR technology with human editors who verify data accuracy. Our Trans|IT solution delivers speed and accuracy for converting text to text.
Optical Character Recognition Limitations
Optical character recognition (OCR) has come a long way in recent years, allowing for greater and more complex accuracy in recognizing text from digital images. However, OCR is far from perfect, and there are a variety of limitations. This is where Athreon’s human editors come to the rescue. Firstly, OCR can only read printed material that has high contrast between characters and their background. This means handwriting or cursive letters are out of the realm of possibility when using OCR. Secondly, page segmentation and layout analysis can be complicated because differences in font styles or sizes can influence the results of an OCR scan. Finally, if characters are slightly damaged or faded due to age or differing document coloring techniques, OCR may not be able to interpret the text accurately – regardless of the quality used for scanning. All this means is that while OCR technology is useful for many tasks, it often requires further human intervention to ensure the desired accuracy level.
Contact Athreon for Transcribing Handwritten Documents and OCR
If you need to transcribe handwritten notes into a digital format, Athreon can help. Likewise, if you already have OCR files that need to be verified by a human editor, we’d be delighted to assist you. We have the technology and personnel necessary to ensure accurate text-to-text conversion for transcription of handwritten documents. Our handwriting transcription specialists and editors will capture the requirements of your project and timely convert your paper files, PDFs, handwritten forms, scans, photographs, and more into editable text documents. Contact us for a free consultation at 800.935.0973.