OCR for Canvas is a collaborative effort between departmental administrative assistants, Collins Library, Student Accessibility and Accommodation, and faculty to ensure the accessibility of course readings made available to our students via Canvas. OCR (optical character recognition) in documents supports the principles of universal design for learning. Running scanned documents through an OCR application is critical for our students who use screen readers or text-to-speech software, and it makes texts searchable for all students.
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Please submit all OCR for Canvas requests via the form.
After the faculty member and/or departmental administrative assistant submits the request, the following occurs:
What is the turnaround time for requests?
What OCR application does Collins Library use?
We use ABBYY FineReader, which not only OCRs text characters, but also accurately captures charts, tables, images, and other media. It recognizes 192 languages, and can accurately capture multilingual documents.
What copyright concerns should I be aware of?
Copyright and fair use are complex issues. Please see the library's Copyright Guide for detailed information, including helpful checklists for making decisions in an educational setting.
What will an OCR'd PDF look and act like?
Questions about any aspect of the OCR for Canvas process should be sent to OCR@pugetsound.libanswers.com and a member of the OCR for Canvas team in Collins Library will respond as quickly as possible.