In recent years, there's been an explosion of once hard-to-find print content that is now available in digital, accessible formats. Companies that previously subsisted on the production of print content currently have revenue streams that derive from lending access to digital-only archives of rare content. It's not just scanning, says Mark Gross, CEO and founder of Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL). A lot of people seem to think it's just scanning and using OCR (optical character recognition), but it's also working with electronic data coming in from Microsoft Word and Adobe FrameMaker and things like that from online sources and other places. But it isn't just paper documents that need to be converted. Recently, Elsevier partnered with DCL to enhance the searchability of more than 2.5 million articles in its Scopus database that were published prior to 1996.
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