Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Legal
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Literally, OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. It is a widespread technology to recognize text inside images, such as scanned documents and photos. OCR technology is used to convert virtually any kind of image containing written text (typed, handwritten, or printed) into machine-readable text data.
OCR Technology became popular in the early 1990s while attempting to digitize historic newspapers. Since then the technology has undergone several improvements. Nowadays solutions deliver near to perfect OCR accuracy.
Few industries generate as much paperwork as the legal industry, so it's easy to see the benefits of OCR here.
Scanning, storage, and preservation in searchable databases are now possible for all printed documents: affidavits, judgments, declarations, notices, wills, etc.
OCR is also available for documents in Chinese, Arabic and non-Roman scripts.
Rapid access to legal documents from millions of past cases is certainly an advantage for an industry that relies heavily on the past.
This use case can be handled with different engines offered by different providers on the market. To help companies discover and test these different engines, we have developed Eden AI, which provides a single, simple access to all these engines: