Archives aided by anti-spam tools

Crumbling texts and books are being digitised thanks to anti-spam tools.

To thwart spammers many websites force visitors to transcribe obscured words or characters before they get access. Now instead of random words many sites are taking text from old books and documents that have been scanned by character reading software. The words supplied are those the software cannot read but humans can, helping to complete the conversion of old texts to digital form.


About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.  
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