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.
Planned for ILLiad v9.2 in Q3 2021
Brian Miller commented
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
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
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
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.
Linda Frederiksen commented
I vote Yes to finding a way to deliver accessible PDFs via Odyssey