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codemantra: helping museums raise their accessibility game through intelligent document processing

As the demand for accessibility grows and museums look to harness the full potential of their online channels, intelligent document processing specialist, codemantra is helping institutions to make their resources truly inclusive.

What do The Met, Johns Hopkins University, and The World Bank Group have in common? They have all worked with codemantra on digitization initiatives that help to put valuable information at the fingertips of patrons and users anytime, anywhere.

The process of digital transformation has, of course, been a hot topic over the last 12 months with museums and galleries rushing to develop and enhance their online tools in light of the pandemic. But long before the pandemic hit, codemantra had already proven the value of its AI-powered solutions to help automate the digital journey for a host of museums and art galleries.

Having been an expert in digital document processing and automation since 2002 codemantra has a proven track record in publishing, education, financial services, and public sector. More recently, codemantra has supported museums and galleries to facilitate their digital pivots.

Working with The Met, codemantra has helped to digitize more than 700 art monographs into high-quality ADA-compliant e-books. Similarly, codemantra has worked with Yale University Art Gallery to accelerate their digital transformation efforts which included the conversion of 150-plus rare publications into ADA compliant e-books.

Ensuring a seamless transition to digital

While codemantra offer suite of cutting-edge solutions, it is their fast, accurate, and AI-powered document processing platform that is most relevant for museums and galleries looking to further their accessibility credentials and ensure inclusivity for all.

If the last 12 months have taught museums anything, it is perhaps that their digital presence can free them from the confines of their physical premises. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, institutions have reached beyond the exhibitions on display and into their archives for hidden gems that may not have been on a show for several years.

Understanding the potential for sharing archives and assets is one thing but preparing them for a digital audience is another. That is where codemantra is helping institutions to digitize vast backlists of publications at pace, making them accessible, inclusive, and (critically) optimized for screen readers at lightning speed. Indeed, one recent project with the University of Westminster saw 12,000 pages of documentation made accessible for people with disabilities in just 8 days.

Of course, scanning documents and digitizing them is not a new process by any stretch. But taking hard copies of varying conditions and digitizing them into searchable digital documents demands a high level of accuracy and quality checking. Where codemantra’s AI-powered solution excels is in extracting information and properties from documents so that they can be classified based on structure for search and compliance purposes.

Once digitized, the benefits to a museum and its patrons are, of course, huge. Putting ancient tomes and rare pieces of printed art and literature at remote visitors’ fingertips can be incredibly powerful across research, teaching, and learning applications.

At a time when failure to provide digital accessibility is coming under increased scrutiny and has even led to a number of lawsuits with heavy financial and reputational penalties, codemantra’s safe pair of hands put a reliable and cost-effective digital accessibility compliance solution at their fingertips.

For museums and galleries looking to scale up their digital accessibility and ensure compliance with regulations, find out more by visiting https://codemantra.com

 

About the author – Tim Deakin

Tim Deakin is a journalist and editorial consultant working with a broad range of online publications.

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