Acquiring and Integrating Knowledge from Images for a Large Scale Hypermedia System

John H. Boose, Larry Baum and Randy J. Kelley

The Boeing Company maintains tens of millions of pages of information associated with the manufacture and delivery of its products. Much of this information must be made available electronically. We have developed tools to automatically convert and integrate electronic data into industry standard formats. Some of the technical challenges include I) handling a wide variety of source formats, 2) making sure that the tools scale up to handle millions of pages of information, and 3) adding functionality to graphics. We have processed over four million pages of text containing tens of thousands of graphics. In this paper we describe on our tools that recognize and use information within vector and raster images.

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