As we get deeper into our work-from-home projects, we are getting to collections that were richly described using catalog cards, long before computerized systems for discovery were adopted. Our card scanner allows us to quickly convert these cards to PDF, but rather than copying-and-pasting the text, I'm hoping to go a step further and get structured data off of them.
I'm wondering if anyone here has ever leveraged zonal OCR, such as the kind used for business cards or invoices, to break out OCRed data in catalog cards. I did a quick Google and a search in the archives here, but didn't see anything right off the bat. I think the basic tools for throwing something together are all there, but I'm hoping someone has already explored this and stitched something together.
Head of Archives Processing
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, Room 801
535 W. 114th St., New York, NY 10027