Data Capture, as the name suggests involves capture of data. Data can be captured from different sources like paper and also from remote locations. Barcode technology is also used for data capturing. Faster data capture with high accuracy is possible with this method. Software like OCR (optical characters recognition) and ICR (intelligent Character) recognition are used to capture data. Data is mainly converted into digital information automatically and is made readable by machines.
Outsourced data capture services may include:
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
- Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR)
- Data capture from the web
- Forms processing
- Keying from images
- Electronic publication
- File conversion
- Online export of data and images
- Data capturing from various source formats
- Controlled data input
Some of the formats in which the captured data is delivered include hard copy, microfilm, TIFF, PDF, slides, negatives, microfiche, digital images and aperture cards. Data capture sources may be in formats like HTML or XML.
Data capture and digital conversion allows for better data management. Retrieval of data and data storage becomes efficient and it becomes possible to process huge volumes of data at a much faster rate. Accuracy is maintained using editing software at different levels.
While outsourcing of data capture is done from remote offshore locations, the data is tracked using special software. All the data is kept track of and loss of data is prevented.