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Document Capture and Content Management Terms

Terms about document capture, enterprise content management and forms processing software.


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Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR is an acronym for optical character recognition. It is a computer system for the translation of scanned images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used to convert books and documents into electronic files, to computerize a record-keeping system in an office, or to publish the text on a website. OCR makes it possible to edit the text, search for a word or phrase, store it more compactly, display or print a copy free of scanning artifacts, and apply techniques such as machine translation, text-to-speech and text mining to it. OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Source: Adapted from Wikipedia, 3-3-2012.

Optical Mark Recognition (OMR)

Optical Mark Recognition. The process of data selection from a list of options on a document, based on the presence or absence of a mark next to item(s) on that list. See also "mark sense."

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