CAPTCHAs work—for digitizing old, damaged texts, manuscripts

Artstechnica – “[T]he works that are most in need of preservation are likely to already be damaged or distorted, making the use of automated scanning and text processing less likely to succeed. Researchers are now reporting on a successful way to identify the words that computers can’t handle: turn them into CAPTCHAs, and get people to do the work.”

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