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Kees, Gary ; Boutcher, Steve . 2005. Technologies for Scanning Wilderness Permits. 0523 2324. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 10 p.

Discusses the use of optical scanning technologies to convert information on printed wilderness permits into an electronic form that can be incorporated into the USDA Forest Service Infra-WILD database. The tech tip compares optical mark recognition scanning systems (that read checkboxes and shaded bubbles) to intelligent character recognition systems that can read handwriting. Combinations of both systems may be needed to gather information on wilderness permits that are filled out by the visitors. Without optical scanning systems, wilderness managers face the daunting task of having someone manually enter all of the information from thousands of permits into a database for analysis.

Keywords: data entry, databases, ICR, Infra-WILD, intelligent character recognition, OCR, OMR, optical character recognition, optical mark recognition, wild and scenic rivers, wilderness areas

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