Aug 222020

In 1847, Frederick Douglass started a newspaper advocating the abolition of slavery that ran until 1851.  After the Civil War, there was a newspaper for freed slaves, the Freedmen’s Record.  The Internet Archive is bringing these and many more works online for free public access. But there’s a problem:  Our Optical Character Recognition (OCR), while the best commercially available OCR technology, is not very good at identifying text from older documents.   Take for example, this…

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