What is Document Imaging?

Electronic document imaging involves the scanning of either hardcopy documents, film, or fiche, and converting them into electronic images that can be viewed on a computer.

Once scanning is complete, the document data is extracted to make it 'searchable'. This is done either by an automatic recognition process (OCR), or by manually indexing the information.

In order to optimize the quality of the electronic documents, image cleanup can be performed. Often, this can result in a higher quality document than the original hardcopy. Image cleanup processes include deskewing, despeckling, contrast enhancement, and various other techniques.

Finally, when the scanning, indexing, character recognition, and optional image cleanup are completed and checked for quality, the information is written to an optical disk or CD Rom. The documents are stored here, or they can downloaded onto a local network, to be retrieved by the client at will.
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