RE: Critical Decisions

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From: Gavin Thomas Nicol (
Date: Sun Mar 12 2000 - 22:29:28 PST

> I'm a business in Seattle and would like to get 400 pages
> entered with 99.9% accuracy within 48 hours. Any transfer
> of paper to Uganda makes things basically infeasible,
> because you have a 5-day ONE WAY FedEx trip, and the
> cost probably overwhelms Uganda's low labor costs.

Depends on what you're doing... 400 pages and a premium for
quick turnaround probably justify using (potentially expensive)
network connections in Uganda. If I had 14,000 volumes of
government records where the margin downstream was low, shipping
via sea would probably be more cost effective.

FWIW. I have never seen 99.9% accuracy in large-scale conversion
work. With regards to markup... the question of exactly what *is*
99.9% accurate also raises it's head... markup evolves.

> Don't you think human assisted OCR diffed with hand-keying
> will be more reliable than either approach alone (or either
> approach done twice)?

I'd still go with double-keying with (depending on the cost
structure) reviewers.

I'm just trying to imagine the kind of people that would pay a
premium for fast turnaround... or actually, what kind of data
would justify it.

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