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U. S. City Directories (1821-1989) Beta OCR misreads Addresses

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U. S. City Directories (1821-1989) Beta OCR misreads Addresses

Posted: 1346626300000
Classification: Query
I have really enjoyed the new US city directories collection. It is as advertised better than the previous city directory collection. However I find continuous errors caused by the OCR process in reading addresses. The process seems to conflate addresses and occupations in numerous cases. For example, consider this case:

[Hard copy directory and image]
Public, John Q barber r1100 Maple Ave

[ record produced by OCR]
Public, John Q Barber
Street address: 00 Maple Ave.

I have "corrected" numerous of these types of errors so that searching will yield more accurate results.

A lesson here for researchers is always look at the image. I know is seeking to improve the OCR process along with other issues in this very useful database. I just hope it's sooner rather than later
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