BnF and L3i Competition on Post-OCR Text Correction, ICDAR 2017

Impact Centre of CompetenceICDAR2017

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The IMPACT Centre Board member Bibliothèque nationale de France and L3i research lab (University of La Rochelle) are proud to announce that their competition on Post-OCR Text Correction has been accepted by ICDAR 2017 conference (Kyoto, November 10-15). The registration for this competition is open until March 30th.

“The accuracy of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technologies considerably impacts the way digital documents are indexed, accessed and exploited. During the last decades, OCR engines have been constantly improving and are today able to return exploitable results on mainstream documents. But in practice, digital libraries have on shelves many transcriptions with a quality below expectation. In fact, ancient documents with challenging layouts and various levels of conservation such as historical newspapers still resist to modern OCRs. Moreover, formerly digitized resources processed with out-dated OCRs are rarely re-sent through the latest state-of-the-art digitization pipeline, as priority is often given to the ever-growing masses of new arriving documents. In this context, OCR post-correction approaches, either used on former digitized documents or on fresh challenging documents, could strongly benefit digital libraries.”

Important dates :
Training dataset is available: End-February, 2017 / early March
Registration deadline: March 30, 2017
Evaluation dataset is available: Early June
Result submission: June 15, 2017
Conference: November 10-15, 2017

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