Scanning Conference Papers

How many academic libraries have shelves and shelves of bound conference papers which are rarely accessed? The reason they are not accessed is usually because it is difficult to find the information you are looking for without spending hours thumbing through hundreds of pages. Many are unindexed and poorly organised yet the wealth of knowledge contained within these volumes is immense. In fact, much of it could not be found elsewhere.

The importance, therefore, of making this information available to the world cannot be overestimated. The ability to share facts and experience, particularly in the world of research could have a profound effect on our futures and help to advance remedies and technological development faster than ever before.

So, how can this be done? By electronically scanning conference papers into PDF digital format and applying an OCR engine, the text becomes searchable, making it possible to interrogate a large volume of information using words and/or phrases. For example, an author’s name can be used to pull together all the papers written by him/her or a phrase such as ‘antineoplastic drugs development’ will find every occurrence of this phrase in a set of documents. The search results are displayed on the left hand side of the screen and the user can select the most relevant pages to view. In some cases it may also be possible to charge a subscription for accessing certain types of information and generate revenue which can be used for further research.

The IPC Group specialises in electronic document management solutions and have worked with several  academic institutions on the conversion of conference papers and other academic research documents

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