In the past couple of years, we noticed a significant increase in demand for the digitization of documents. Simply explained, digitization is the process of converting document information into a digital format. This growth can be clarified by the fact that this process of converting different types of (electronic) documents into structured data is a more efficient way of storing data and retrieving value from its content.
The process of acquiring information from documents is still fairly inefficient and time-consuming as a lot of human interaction is involved. You have to search for a specific document and retrieve and process relevant information yourself. Ideally, all concerned information from documents within companies are easily accessible for anyone, at any moment in a safe and secure manner. It enables people to utilise and analyse the entailed information more efficiently than ever before.
Clappform will be part of this revolution by the in-depth research they conduct into the implementation of various emerging techniques to digitize documents accurately, efficiently and automatically. The combination of technologies that is able to extract relevant information from documents into a structured format was previously in its infancy but has made major developments in recent years.
Where the norm was first to extract information from documents manually, people are now able to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems to extract text from documents to their systems. A drawback in this system is that it still needs human involvement due to information asymmetry for reviewing correctness, assessing context and feature extracting. The next step is a system that works properly without human interaction. The system should be able to assess context and structure the retrieved data to the right format.
In collaboration with new recruit Semme Kaandorp, the team will design, construct and implement a system that enables customers to optimally benefit from the advantages document digitizing has to offer. The research focuses on how and to what extent different machine learning techniques, such as OCR, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing, can be of value for improving the process of converting documents to indexed, editable, searchable text data. The emphasis is on these emerging techniques given the promising advancements in applications within various domains.
Semme Kaandorp is the most recent addition to the Clappform team and will be responsible for the digitization research. He is currently in the final phase of his master Data Science at the University of Amsterdam, where he is pursuing his cum laude diploma. Semme is an enthusiastic, open-minded individual. Aside from his academic and professional ambitions, he likes reading, surfing, being creative and having fun.
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