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Title: CNIP 2 : Report
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Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1999
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Abstract: The Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project was a series of demonstration projects, both funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Florida Libraries. These projects occurred as two distinct phases: Phase One: Imaging and Indexing Model. A feasibility studies for imaging and indexing. The imaging study examined the efficacy of digitizing microfilms produced in advance of current preservation microfilming standards. It also examined the use of off-the-shelf microfilm-projection scanning, as well as associated costs, benefits and drawbacks. The indexing study examined indexing procedures, application of controlled terminology, and the costs associated with multi-lingual term assignments by human readers. Phase Two: OCR Gateway to Indexing. A feasibility study on the application of Optical Character Recognition (OCR). In its current state, the Project is undergoing technological renovation, that is migration from CD-ROM to Internet delivery. At the same time, the Project is developing plans for additional content.
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Project Report

Phase II: OCR Gateway to Indexing

Context and Proposal

Users of electronic images come to digital media with a set of
expectations greater than those they have of other media. They
anticipate extensive indexing, directly and interactively linked to the
indexed information. With this second phase of the Caribbean
Newspaper Imaging Project (CNIP2), the University of Florida
tested the viability and costs associated with use of optical
character recognition (OCR) as an alternative to manually indexing
electronic newspapers.

With funding support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the
University of Florida has scanned its microfilmed newspaper
holdings of the Diario de la Marina (Havana, Cuba), 1947-1960,
and Le Nouvelliste (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), 1899-1979. In the
process, these newspapers were indexed selectively by reviewers
knowledgeable in the languages. Selective indexing was not ideal,
given that it is highly labor-intensive and far from comprehensive.
CNIP2 was undertaken to assess the value and cost effectiveness
of OCR indexing of these same newspapers.

CNIP2 evaluated OCR effectiveness within the following target

OCR software technologies;
Digital image resolution;
Bit depth;
Language of the source
Publication dates; and
Filming methods and

While OCR of page images smaller than a newspaper's folio
dimensions has been successfully demonstrated and cost-
effectively applied, OCR application to newspaper images had not
been addressed when CNIP2 began in 1999.

Background. Phase One: The Feasibility of Image Capture.

Today, there are only three effective means of reproducing
newspapers: (1) image conversion from film, (2) capture using a
very-high resolution digital camera, or (3) rekeying from either
source newspapers or from film.

Newspapers continue to be too large for extant flat-bed scanners.
Lenzar, the Florida company that manufactured large format linear-
array fiat-bed scanners, went out of business in 1997. It was the
only manufacturer of such products. Alternately, newspaper stock,
with its short fibers, is often too fragile for rotary plotter-scanners.
And, historic newspapers, universally embrittled, require a great
deal of care in handling. It would be unthinkable to pass these
newspapers through a rotary plotter-scanner if not also to place
them on a flat-bed scanner if one were available.

Rekeying, another alternative, is a labor intensive chore. Though
the costs of rekeyinq can be minimized by sending this work off-
shore to nations with lower costs or standards of living, the costs of
reproducing an entire run are enormous. While it might be every e-
newspaper vendor's dream to make issues available
retrospectively, the demand for retrospective issues would never be
immediate enough to pay the bills. Not surprisingly, the backfiles of
electronic newspapers maintained by vendors of e-newspapers is
limited. None is retrospective to before the date on which they
began making current newspapers available electronically.

Map digitization projects such as those at the University of Florida,
employing very-high resolution cameras, have demonstrated the
ability to capture great detail from oversized source documents.
Digital camera-backs such as those manufactured by PhaseOne
are capable of well exceeding minimum resolution guidelines
promulgated by Cornell University. Yet, at resolution sufficient to
meet these guidelines, the exposure time would average
approximately 30 minutes per page.

Newspaper on microfilm is problematic for a number of reasons.
The defacto "standard" for production of film intermediaries for
oversized source documents calls for 105 mm rather than library
"standard" 35 mm film on which newspapers are currently
microfilmed. Formulas for digitization of images on film, in
comparison against scanner manufacturer's literature and claims,
show that no microfilm scanner currently available, whether it scans
from contact or from projection, can adequately scan newspaper
from 35mm microfilm.

Regardless, phase one of the Caribbean Newspaper Imaging
Project (CNIP1) demonstrated that readable newspaper images
could be captured from film and displayed on computer monitors.
The delivery of oversized images and use of scroll compensated for
a scanner's inability to meet the resolution guidelines promulgated
by Cornell University and commonly employed by library digitization
projects. Today, though navigation of newspaper images that scroll
vertically and horizontally beyond the average monitor's limits is still
problematic, ever increasingly popular high-compression vector
image formats (e.g., SID) make viable delivery of these large
images via the Internet.

Need. Phase Two: OCR as a Means of Index Construction.

Though CNIP1 demonstrated the ability to economically deliver
readable newspaper images, it reported costly, labor intensive
indexing effort. At four fifths of the total image delivery cost,
indexing also under represented the content of newspaper issues.
While CNIP1 indexed only 3 articles per issue -- three more than
had been indexed previously, three articles far from met the
expectations of researchers using the CNIP product. CNIP1 made
obvious the need to explore more cost effective and more
representative means of indexing.

If the cost of selective indexing by human readers was expensive,
the cost of constructing a comprehensive index through rekeying
was out of question. CNIP planners turned to optical character
recognition (OCR) as a possible means of index construction.
Phase two of the Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project (CNIP2)
would compare the utility of indices created through OCR with that
of indices created by human readers. Additionally, CNIP2 would
assess various off-the-shelf OCR products, their application with
the several languages of the Caribbean Newspaper Collection at
the University of Florida, and the extent to which "dirty" text could
be cleaned cost effectively.

Target Newspapers

Targeted titles included Diario de la Marina, Le Nouvelliste and
Trinidad Guardian. Published in one of the three predominant
Caribbean languages and extensive in holdings, each targeted
newspaper would afford analysis of OCR application with a variety
of language and printing variables. Microfilmed over time to
changing standards, comparison of OCR accuracy from images
generated from these microfilms also would quantify probabilities of
successful OCR.

The Diario and Nouvelliste had been digitized in CNIP1. For this
project, select page images were rescanned for test of additional
digital methodologies. Select page images of the Trinidad Guardian
were digitized and indexed, for the first time, for purposes of this

The Trinidad Guardian was selected from among the University of
Florida's English language newspaper microfilm holdings for its
documentation of the colonial British West Indies and of the various
independence and republican movements of the English speaking
Caribbean nations. Trinidad and Tobago, persuaded by the
rhetoric of Dr. Eric Williams, compelled the Caribbean toward a
Caribbean identity and nationhood.

Selection Procedure

For each of three newspaper titles, target issues were selected as

For any given test group, 400 page images were selected in
order to maintain statistical validity consistent with +5%
For any given sub-sample, 200 page images were selected
in order to maintain statistical validity consistent with +10%
To establish data resolution as to afford comparison across
titles, issues were selected from comparable dates, e.g., the
first issue every fourth month.

Target Summary

Quantity Selection
1,200 Diario de la Marina images
Selected from the CNIP1 project
1,200 Le Nouvelliste images
Selected from the CNIP1 project
1,200 Trinidad Guardian images
New images converted from newspaper microfilm
600 Quarter-page scans
New images: 200 each of the three targeted newspaper titles
4,200 Total images OCR processed

The target represents two categories of images:

3,600 whole-page 400 dpi scans, and
600 quarter-page 400 dpi scans.

Targeted page images were selected to represent
date and language groups evenly within the bounds
specified below. Whole and quarter-page images
were made of the same page. All images were scans
of projected pages using the same Minolta MS1000
and MS3000 microfilm scanners used in CNIP1. A
400 dpi whole-page newspaper image generated
using Minolta projection scanning equipment is the
equivalent of an image generated at 50% reduction,
relative to the original size of the source newspapers.
A 400 dpi quarter-page image generated using this
equipment afforded an image which, if partial,
approximated the resolution recommended by Cornell


33% English
Trinidad Guardian (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)
33% French (Francaise)
Le Nouvelliste (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
33% Spanish (EspaAol)
Diario de la Marina (Habana, Cuba)

Fonts by Language
Times New Roman 95% 95% 95%
& other serif typefaces
Arial, Helvetica <5% <5% <5%
& other sans-serif typefaces
Engravers, Rockwell <1% <1% <1%
& other misc. typefaces

Fonts by Size (calculated for source newspaper)
FONT NAME Smallest "e" Mean "e"
on average on average
Times New Roman 1.0 mm 1.0 mm
& other serif typefaces
Arial, Helvetica 1.0 mm 3.0 mm
& other sans-serif typefaces
Engravers, Rockwell 3.0 mm 3.0 mm
& other misc. typefaces

OCR Accuracy (Summary Findings)
33% Article Text
Serif text at 1.0 mm
65% Article Titles
Sans-serif text at 3.0 mm
27% Surnames & Place Names in Article Text
Serif text at 1.0 mm
58% Surnames & Place Names in Article Titles
Sans-serif text at 3.0 mm

OCR Software

Images were processed using each of four major off-
the-shelf software packages: TextBridge (v.9),
OmniPage Pro (v.9), TypeReader (v.5), and Adobe
Capture/Exchange. Because of its cost, Prime
Recognition software used by the University of
Michigan and JSTOR was not tested in this Phase.
Adobe Capture is the software engine used by some
electronic newspaper distributors (e.g., NewsExpress)
of current newspapers issues.

Digital Image Resolution

OCR software is optimized for measures of digital
resolution (dpi) associated with the linear CCD arrays
found in commonly available scanner hardware.
Cornell states that images with dpi not consistent with
these measures may not be as accurate as those that
are consistent with the capacity of these
arrays. Evaluation of the resulting text files found no
meaningful statistical variation from one OCR
package to the other within either of the two
categories: whole and partial-page images.
Comparing results of the two categories however,
accuracy was greater, regardless of the OCR
package used, for whole-pages than for quarter-
pages, a finding contra-indicative of the Cornell
guidelines. The digital resolution of quarter-page
scans using Minolta microfilm projection scanners
should have approximated the dpi suggested by
Cornell for the source newspaper.

Where bigger-is-better in setting digital resolution
measured as dots-per-inch (dpi), microfilm scanners
currently manufactured are not capable of meeting an
adequate dpi per the Cornell formulas. Metering
projected newspapers into segments for optimal
capture was a creative solution but, in terms of
workflow had this test produced the anticipated
results, the cost of human intervention would likely
have been prohibitive.

Bit Depth

Research at Cornell University suggests that
scanning at increased bit-depth may enhance the
legibility fine detail from the source document. It
should be noted, however, the legibility, here, is
relative to the human eye's ability rather than to
OCR's ability to read a given document. While Adobe
Capture and TypeReader are optimized only for
bitonal image conversion, OmniPage Pro and
TextBridge process both gray-scale (8-bit) and color
(24-bit) images. Regardless, the suggestion has little
utility when scanning from high contrast microfilm
rather than from the newspapers themselves. While
microfilm is high contrast, microfilmed images do
capture tone between black and white. The Minolta
equipment available to this project, however, was
capable of bitonal capture only.

The adaptive use of a Microtek 9600 XL transparency
scanner failed predictably as interpolated dpi was
unable to resolve newspaper print at 21:1 reduction
with sufficient clarity. Using the scanner's
interpolation software, 8,400 dpi resolution was
theoretically required for a moderately good (Quality
Index 5.5) scan using the Cornell formulas. An 8,400
dpi scan from film with 21:1 reduction should have
been the equivalent of a 400 dpi scan from the
newspaper itself. Interpolation was unable to
compensate for the limitation of the native 600 dpi
resolution of the CCD.

With the failure of the Microtek, CNIP2 used a sample
of 15 grayscale (8-bit) newspaper images procured
from a vendor of microfilm conversion services using
Sunrise high-speed microfilm scanners. Images
were 200 dpi, the equivalent of those produced by the
Minolta microfilm projection scanners. They were
produced, however, to current library "standard", with
good image quality and lighting balance. The source
newspaper, though North American, used type faces
and font sizes comparable to those of the CNIP
newspapers. Though the sample was small and
statistically inadequate, the results were worth note.
OCR resulting from the grayscale images was less

than 10% accurate. OCR resulting from bitonal
images of the same pages was 82% accurate.

While the depth of grayscale images made it easier
on the human eye to read a given page than were
their bitonal duplicates, increased bit-depth was a
disadvantage to those OCR packages capable of
reading it.


OCR is software. One method of programming that
software may be more or less effective than other
methods in approach to given image characteristics,
including "noise", type face, and language. It is
reasonable to suggest that individual software
packages are more or less reliable than others.
Further, all of the OCR packages studied by CNIP2
are off-the-shelf programs written largely for English-
language business and personal applications, working
with modern type-faces. While each is enabled with
multi-lingual dictionaries, none of those dictionaries
are equal. Evaluation of the resulting text files
representing the whole-page sub-sample found no
meaningful statistical variation from one OCR
package to the other for any language tested: English,
French, or Spanish. Relative to their dates of
publication and a subjective assessments of image
quality, no one language was converted any more
accurately than the other. Microfilm image quality,
particularly lighting issues (e.g., contrast and light
balance), was more likely to effect the accuracy of
OCR than any particular OCR package.

To assess their spell-check routines and to
differentiate among otherwise equal OCR packages,
a secondary human pass was made against a sub-
sample of 300 text files generated by each OCR
package. Human native-language readers, with the
aid of Microsoft Word running the appropriate
language dictionary, assessed the closeness of
spelling mis-matches, counting the number of
incorrect letters in a word. Each of the OCR
packages tested has the ability to "learn" from
corrected errors. The OCR package which most often

and most closely approximated the correct spelling of
words might have an edge in increasing the accuracy
of the resulting text file. This was a tedious chore at
best; but, it was complicated by the effects of poor
microfilm image quality.

While each OCR package converted areas with good
image quality more accurately, within these areas
their performance varied. Disabling the spell-check
routines, in order to assess character recognition
alone, produced "anecdotal" evidence. OCR
packages with larger dictionaries, it appeared, were
able to correct more text. However, it also appeared
that OCR packages with smaller dictionaries (e.g.,
Adobe Capture) had better noise reduction, line
formation, other filters; they did not require larger
dictionaries. Ultimately, the sub-set of images with
good quality among the sub-sample was so small and
so uneven as to language that the data was not

Regardless the particular language, OCR accuracy at
the word-unit level, not surprisingly, was more
accurate the shorter the word-unit. Unfortunately,
shorter words -- words including articles (a, the, le, la,
les, los, etc.), prepositions (for, from, in, to, a, de,
dans, etc.), and pronouns (he, she, il, elle, etc.) -- are
usually regarded as stop-words. Such words have
virtually no meaning in an index created from "dirty"
text. Words least often corrected, particularly among
smaller fonts, were surnames and place names not
commonly found in dictionaries. In a sub-sample of
400 items, these names were correctly converted to
text below the accuracy of text overall. Only 27% of
such names in 1.0 mm serif fonts were accurately
converted. Names, usually place names, found in the
dictionaries were more frequently corrected than
names not in the dictionaries. Unfortunately, these
words are among the more commonly searched by

Publication Date

The condition and characteristics of the source
newspaper set bounds on the quality of the film
image. Microfilm is a non-additive technology; the
film image is never better than the source
newspaper. Printing technology, print defects, paper
color and aging effects, type faces, and font sizes,
among others, are all factors in image quality.

CNIP2 made assumptions about the characteristics of
the target newspapers printed at different times. It
established four date groups for purposes of

Date Group Date Span Titles in the Group
Early Modern 1890-1920 Le Nouvelliste, Trinidad Guardian
Modern 1920-1950 Le Nouvelliste, Trinidad Guardian
Late Modern 1950-1970 Diario de la Marina, Le Nouvelliste, Trinidad Guardian
The Diario de la Marina is available only between 1947 and 1960.
Le Nouvelliste is available only before 1960.
Contemporary 1970-1997 Trinidad Guardian

The Early Modern period was characterized, in part,
by moveable type and type faces worn as a result of
repeated use. The Modern period was characterized
by set type as was the Late Modern period.
Distinction of these two periods is somewhat artificial.
The latter saw the increased use of sans-serif and
stylized type faces, albeit primarily in article titles.
The Contemporary period saw the introduction of
electronic type setting and other automation, albeit
largely within the last decade. Somewhat arbitrary as
well, the Contemporary period serves as a control-
group, for which filming methods and techniques are
known. Because copyright restrictions limited
reproduction of newspapers in this group, the group
was small and solely represented by the Trinidad
Guardian with which the University of Florida had
negotiated copyright permissions.
(See also, this discussion as regards Filming Methods &
Techniques, below.)

CNIP2 found very little deviation in type faces or font
sizes from one period to the next, and little more than
what might be characterized as a standard deviation
from one OCR package to the next. Article titles

become easier to read and were more accurately
converted by OCR to text with the introduction of
sans-serif article titles. But, because of their size
relative to article text, of the two, article titles are more
frequently accurate regardless their age, type face, or
OCR package used. Wom type, while more common
in the Early Modern period, was in evidence only
occasionally, and its detrimental effect on OCR was
predicted. But, because article titles and text follow
standard formats and sizes, OCR accuracy does not
necessarily decrease with the age of the newspaper
issue. Again, microfilm image quality is a more
accurate predictor of anticipated OCR accuracy than
were age and artifacts of printing processes.

Filming Methods & Technologies

Factors in microfilming and film characteristics are
fundamental to optimal image capture and
subsequent OCR accuracy. In newspaper
microfilming, there have been four eras, each defined
by a set of standards or the lack there of:





Date Microfilming Practices
Span Titles in the Group
pre-1977 Microfilming defined by "best-practices"
Titles: Diario de la Marina, Le Nouvelliste, Trinidad
1977-1986 Microfilming defined by Library of Conqress/ANSI standard
Titles: Trinidad Guardian
1987- Microfilming defined by Research Libraries Group
present guidelines and revision of Library of Congress/ANSI
Titles: Trinidad Guardian


Microfilming defined by so called, "OCR-optimized"
standard, i.e., RLG guidelines modified for allowable 1%
skew, fixed reduction, and "one-up" filming
Titles: Trinidad Guardian

Microfilming in the Pre-Modern era was characterized
by a set of best practices shared among microfilm
technicians. Insofar as imaging practices were
documented, they were found in recommendations
from Eastman Kodak and the MRD/MRE microfilm
camera instruction pamphlets. And, film processing,
primarily during the early part of this era and outside

the big cities, relied on locally mixed chemicals and
the "shake-and-bake" method of fixing and washing
exposed films still used today in home dark-rooms.
Microfilms produced by the University of Florida
during this period, from the early-1950s through the
mid-1960s in particular, when a technician with an
MRE microfilm was sent packing across the
Caribbean on Rockefeller Foundation funding for the
Farmington Plan, were subject to environmental
conditions, imbalanced lighting, and extended delays
between exposure and processing.

Microfilming in the Modern era was marked by
concerted effort, centered at the Library of Congress,
to standardize practice for newspaper microfilming. In
Florida, the era was still without standard and
characterized, also, by the use of acetate-base films
that deteriorated for lack of cold, dry storage.
Deteriorated films were replaced one from another,
sometimes in the nick of time. Image quality suffered
threefold: (1) inherently detrimental effects of acetate-
base aging, (2) deterioration effects associated with
climate, and (3) degradation effects of analog-to-
analog copying.

Microfilming in the Post-Modern era was distinguished
by a more complete set of standards, optimized for
image quality and microfilm longevity. In Florida, it
was marked by first use of more durable polyester-
base films and the adoption of standards for filming,
film processing, and film storage. And, the
Contemporary era finds the University of Florida's on-
going Caribbean newspaper microfilming in lock-step
with the preservation standards set revised-for-

CNIP2 drew primarily from the Early Modern period of
microfilming history. Copyright restrictions
necessitated that the CNIP project be drawn from the
public domain. An exception was made for the
Trinidad Guardian. The University of Florida
negotiated permissions with the newspaper's parent
company, Trinidad Publishing Co. LTD., as part of the
University's Dr. Eric Eustace Williams project.
Trinidad Guardian microfilms were examined through
1981, the year of Dr. Williams' death in office. This

small group of Post-Modern and early Contemporary
issues served as a control group.

As stated earlier, microfilm image quality was
determined to be the most accurate predictor of
anticipated OCR accuracy. Regardless of standards,
film image quality is conditioned by focus and depth of
field, reduction level, exposure levels and light
dispersion, and the density of imaged film. Microfilm
is a high-contrast technology optimized for capture of
text, but unsuitable exposure or uneven lighting, in
particular among these conditions, can erode the
legibility of text.

In general, a microfilm's background density (i.e.,
density in areas without text, in the unprinted areas
between letters) appeared to have no effect.
Variations of background density within standard were
not recorded in the electronic image. As microfilm
images were captured, white-and-black points
balanced, and saved as bitonal images much of this
area became uniformly white, while text became
uniformly black. Quality Index assessment of the
inner area of lower case letter "e"s was within the
tolerance of analog-to-analog reproduction for
microfilms with good image quality. In a microfilm
image of good quality, contrast between text and
paper should accurately reflect the condition of the
original newspaper; the density of text and the density
of areas without text each should be relatively
uniform. OCR, predictably, was less accurate for
microfilms with moderately good and poor image
quality, but further assessment of these conditions is
a discussion of lighting at the time of microfilming.
CNIP2 found two conditions most frequently resulted
in poor OCR accuracy: depth of field and light

Nearly all microfilm cameras resolve a depth of field
up to three and, in many cases, six inches. Text in
the gutter margin can be microfilmed legibly, albeit
frequently with shadow from the up-swelling of pages
from the binding. When microfilmed pages with
shadow are captured electronically as bitonal images,
shadow is often recorded as noise, distorting the
shapes of letters and reducing the accuracy of OCR.

In these areas, accuracy of OCR fell to less than 5%.
Microfilming practices, inasmuch as possible, should
be changed to require disbinding and flattening to
facilitate future digitization. With volumes that cannot
be disbound, microfilming stations should be
equipped with additional near-overhead lighting,
transforming microfilming stations into those one
might find in use by publication-quality photo-
reproduction services. A drawback of this
recommendation, however, is need to increase the
camera operator's skill set at a time when finding and
training microfilm camera operators and supervisors
is increasingly difficult. While light meters integrated
with the camera station should ensure that an
appropriate amount of light reaches the source
newspaper, balancing an additional two sets of lights
would be more problematic than balancing the sets
currently in use. An ideal production workflow
requiring microfilm for preservation and an electronic
version for access would afford successive or
simultaneous analog and digital imaging such as that
currently made possible by the Zeutschel 300/301
hybrid microfilm camera.

As has been suggested, the most common image
quality issue detrimentally affecting OCR accuracy is
light balance. Most microfilming stations are
equipped with two sets of lights, one situated on each
side of the camera head and source newspaper.
Ideally, the lights are directed at areas opposite their
position. If the beams of light can be envisioned as
straight lines, the would all cross below the camera
head, approximately equidistant between the lens and
the source newspaper. Current RLG microfilming
guidelines require an even illumination target the size
of the source document be microfilmed at the start of
each document and that this target be evaluated for
light balance. Newspapers selected for CNIP2,
however, predate this requirement and no studies
have been published to independently assess either
compliance with the requirement or light balance in
the target area of microfilms created since this
requirement was established. Again, drawing on a
small, statistically inadequate sample of newspapers
reportedly microfilmed to current library "standard",
CNIP2 derived text that was 82% accurate.

In any case, while Caribbean Newspaper Collection
microfilms are legible -- light imbalance is frequently
noticeable but does not prevent reading, electronic
text in raster images (e.g., TIFF files) and text files
resulting from their OCR was degraded. Lighting
imbalances on the source microfilm produced a spot-
light effect of uneven, sometimes starkly contrasting
areas on the electronic images. Images were
subjectively classed by the size of spot-light into poor,
moderate, and good balance. And, within images,
areas were subjectively classed into regions of poor,
moderate, and good digital background density.
Regions of the raster images with poor digital
background density were predominantly illegible. In
these areas, OCR was wholly inaccurate. Regions of
the raster images with moderate digital background
density were comparable to that produced by the up-
swelling of pages from the binding. In these regions
near the outer corners of the page image, accuracy of
OCR was less than 5%. Regions of the raster images
with good digital background density were legible,
though lights often appear to have been directed
toward the center of the microfilm frame. In these
regions, the accuracy of OCR was 38.5%. OCR of
the subset of Trinidad Guardian microfilms,
representing compliance with Library of
Congress/ANSI standard and evidencing more control
of light balance, produced much higher OCR
accuracy: approximately 79% -- a value close to the
more anecdotal 82% accuracy reported from the
small test of newspapers microfilmed to current library

Conclusion: Summary Findings

The accuracy of OCR on the retrospective newspaper collections
targeted by the Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project was
disappointingly low. Overall, 33% of article text was accurately
converted without any human intervention. The ills of past
microfilming practice and the poor image quality of the target films
is largely responsible for this poor rate. Anecdotal evidence drawn
from contemporary microfilms created to current library "standard"
appears to suggest that higher accuracy results from improved
microfilming practice.

Human indexing as employed in CNIP1 indexed merely three
articles per issue. Relative to the number of articles published on
average in each issue, the percentage of indexed articles is also

Title Publication Average Percentage
Format Minimum Articles Indexed
Diario de la 1 section: 12 pages 72 4.2%
Diario de la 3 sections: 36-48 pages 200 1.5%
Le Nouvelliste 1 section: 4 pages 50 6%

CNIP2 postulated that keyword searching of the "dirty" text
resulting from OCR could provide access to newspaper content
greater and at less cost than that provided through human
indexing. The comparison may be apples and oranges. Results of
tests using a sub-sample of articles with both human and machine
indices provided no meaningful comparisons. Searching against a
word-base constructed from dirty text/OCR product requires
different strategies from those used to search against an analytical
index constructed from human interface. Nonetheless, 33%
accurate text appears to afford broader, if not more meaningful,
access the published newspaper content than did CNIP1's human

CNIP's networked data entry systems will eventually support both
human and "machine" indexing. Currently, CNIP is attempting to
build automated systems to remove nearly all human intervention
from the process of generating dirty text from the extant image
files. It is anticipated that this software will eventually remove
unrecognized words lacking capitalized initial letters and stop words

(articles, prepositions, and pronouns) in English, French and
Spanish. Adding "dirty" text as a search resource should
immediately provide the layer of access needed to support
additional newspapers and quickly build the content needed to
make CNIP economically viable. With the time it buys, we will be
able to build the more analytical index entries produced by CNIP1.
OCR becomes another tool for indexing but does not necessarily
remove the human component at this time.

Currently, the CNIP product is migrating from CD-ROMs to the
Internet as a base for delivery of images. The new search resource
will be integrated during this migration. As it does so, we will be
able to test further the viability of this new resource. CNIP2 still
leaves many questions unanswered. There is still no good, cost
effective means of providing the researcher with full text or
connecting story lines broken by column and page breaks.


Phase II: OCR Gateway to Indexing

Kesse, Erich .......................................... ...... ....................... $ 2,750.00
Director, Digital Library Center; Project Manager (@ 0.05 FTE)
Bressette, Eve ........................................ ..................... ......... $ 1,045.00
Supervisor of Technicians (Student Assistants) (@ 0.05 FTE)
W inston, Harris .......................................................... ....................... $ 1,082.83
Senior Programmer (@ 0.025 FTE)
Phillips, R ichard .................................................................... $ 1,142.83
Chief Librarian, Latin American Center (@ 0.025 FTE)
A llerton, D avid ............................................................................................ $ 1,150.85
Archivist, Supervisor of Indexing Technicians (Student Assistants) (@ 0.05 FTE)
Indexing Technicians................................................................ ........... $ 385.00
Student Assistants assigned to index selected issues of the Trinidad Guardian
70 hours at $5.50/hr
Im aging Technicians ................................................................................... $ 517.00
Student Assistants assigned to scan additional images of the Diario de la Marina and Le
Nouvelliste, as well as new images from the Trinidad Guardian.
94 hours at $5.50/hr
OCR Technicians & Readers ....................................................................$ 5,203.00
Student Assistants assigned to read OCR out-put against electronic raster (TIFF) images of
newspaper pages.
Readers, either native speakers of a target language or a language major, specialized in the
Spanish of the Diario de la Marina, the French of Le Nouvelliste, or the English of the Trinidad
946 hours at $5.50/hr
Total Personnel Expenditure ............................................ $ 13,276.51

Optical Character Recognition Software.................................................$ 1,014.49
O m niP age P ro ............................................................................................... $ 87.99
TextB ridge ..................................................................................................... $ 86.99
TypeReader............................... ............... $ 262.51
Adobe Acrobat Capture .................................................... $ 577.00
Workstations (2 at $3968 each) ................................................$ 7,936.00
Configured for processing (creating, manipulating and OCR of) newspaper images
Workstations and scanners.
Total Hardware & Software Expenditure..............................................$ 8,950.49

Total Expenditure .......................................$ 22,227.00


Phase II: OCR Gateway to Indexing

Indexing Technicians........................................... ......................................... $ 385.00
Student Assistants assigned to index selected issues of the Trinidad Guardian
70 hours at $5.50/hr
Im aging Technicians ....................................... ........................................ $ 517.00
Student Assistants assigned to scan additional images of the Diaio de la Marina and Le
Nouvelliste, as well as new images from the Trinidad Guardian.
94 hours at $5.50/hr
OCR Technicians & Readers ....................................................................$ 5,203.00
Student Assistants assigned to read OCR out-put against electronic raster (TIFF) images of
newspaper pages.
Readers, either native speakers of a target language or a language major, specialized in the
Spanish of the Diario de la Marina, the French of Le Nouvelliste, or the English of the Trinidad
946 hours at $5.50/hr
Total Personnel Expenditure................................ ..........................$ ...... $6,105.00

Optical Character Recognition Software ...............................................$ 262.51
TypeReader..................................... ............... $ 262.51
W workstations (2) ..................................................................................... $ 5,732.49
Configured for processing (manipulating and OCR of) newspaper images
Computer workstations ONLY.
Total Hardware & Software Expenditure.................. ..... ............. $ 5,995.00

Total Expenditure ....................................... ... ...................... $ 12,100.00

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