From static documents to machine-readable data
Today, most federal departments bridge the analog-digital divide by scanning paper documents and then performing manual data entry. This process is slow, expensive and error-prone, and will not scale to meet the demand generated by open data policies. We offer a proven alternative, based on the following best practices:
- Use technology to scale shrinking budgets and meet increasing data demand
- Adopt cloud-hosted transcription to remediate paper backlogs and keep up with ongoing workflow
- Increase trust and key information sharing while protecting sensitive information
Clear backlogs, stay up to date
Well beyond scanning software and OCR, Captricity harnesses the power of machine learning and human intelligence to turn forms (paper forms, PDFs, faxes, etc…) into structured data. Even traditionally difficult tasks, like handwriting recognition, are a breeze for our award-winning technology.
The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food and medical products safety.
“The FDA experienced a major paper jam— the agency was behind on data entry into the database where serious events were tracked. To solve this problem, we used Captricity, which offered paper data extraction as a web service that met our quality and security requirements.”
– Taha Kass-Hout, CHIO, FDA
Secure and private with built-in redactions
Captricity uses bank-grade encryption to protect your data at rest and in flight. Our data transcription process is designed to maximize both accuracy and privacy. All forms are digitally “shredded” and we offer easy data redaction and methods that protect PII.
Captricity makes it easy to redact sensitive information, making compliance, media and FOIA requests quick and easy – no additional setup. Imagine preparing forms for an open data portal and for FOIA requests with just the click of a button.
Without access to clean, machine-readable data, your agency can’t take advantage of the many exciting new trends in citizen engagement. We can help you unlock information from public records and operations quickly and easily. We can ensure that you provide accurate data that will deliver real value to civic programmers and help you comply with new federal and state regulations around open data.
Code for America is “revitalizing the vendor ecosystem to make government more effective and efficient.” Caprticity participated in their accelerator program. According to Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of the program :
“Captricity is already saving several of our city partners tens of thousands of dollars in manual data entry.”
To learn more about Captricity and Open Data, visit our Open Data Impact site, a partnership with Canon Scanners.