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Deliver accessible PDFs via Odyssey--i.e. run PDFs through software to OCR before delivery

Our campus wants us to deliver accessible PDFs for faculty who post files online for classes. Many libraries scan as images and deliver via Odyssey as part of the scanning process. They don't have opportunity to OCR files before delivery.

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  • Naomi Chow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This has become a legal accessibility requirement for our university system to be in compliance with ADA regulations. Highly desirable upgrade for ILLiad!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It seems there is a desire for OCR documents. It would be great if we could include this in ILLiad

  • Mark Sullivan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Since a good number of libraries are now using Tipasa, having ILLiad OCR the pdf before sending through Odyssey or Article Exchange would be great.

  • Ronald Figueroa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a very important functionality to have in our system asap. We need to be conscientious and keep up with the times and technological tools available to meet user’s needs. On the one hand, an enhancement like this will positively target a group of patrons that, in many cases, have more difficulties to fulfill academic needs due the lack of good patron-oriented services—this is actually shocking to see. On the other hand, it will benefit users in general by providing a rich and robust product suitable to the times we live in. It will also save staff time during processing. Our mission is to share and provide access to information and knowledge to our patrons and "patrons" means everybody.

  • Amy Fuls Paulus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add in this functionality. We have an increasing number of students registering with our student disability services office and we have a workflow outside of ILLiad to accommodate these patrons which is terribly inefficient. Plus there are users not with an official disability that really benefit from having accessible PDFs and we cannot deliver that to them.

  • Kat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have discussed adding OCR to our scanning processing multiple times, but lack the staff-power to make it so with our current systems. Adding OCR capabilities to Odyssey would be absolutely game-changing in terms of customer service and accessibility.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    At Furman, we are working hard to make our website and other public assets screen-reader friendly. This would be an EXCELLENT step forward to help ALL of our fac, staff, students be able to use resources!! We NEED this!! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Logan!

  • Brian Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We did a local ILLiad User Survey this past year, and our faculty and student users told us they want OCR'd articles and book chapters. I fully support this enhancement.

  • David Larsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I had posted a comment earlier today, but it seems to have disappeared. I think automatic OCR would help to ensure consistency and potentially provide support for a greater number of languages (e.g., CJK, non-Latin characters). This would help borrowers trust that the OCR was done the same way as other requested scans. If OCLC were to invest in making automatic OCR a reality, it would be a huge service to the resource sharing community.

  • Hilary Thompson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We definitely need our ILL management system to support workflows for applying OCR. This involves not just applying OCR as part of our delivery automation, but also figuring out how to use the language code from bib records to choose the best language script and how to use OCR confidence level to identify bad scans without human intervention.

  • Melanie Norton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I vote yes for this enhancement. Our campus too wants us to deliver accessible PDFs for faculty and students. It is an important initiative to make PDFs accessible to all. Being able to do this via Odyssey would be extremely helpful.

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