Metadata, Transcription, OCR, and ASR

Creating Metadata
Data Extraction and Conversion Services

Metadata, Transcription, OCR, and ASR


Max has developed unique digital tools designed specifically for the extraction and collection of printed, handwritten, and recorded words. One of the key capabilities of our tools is metadata harvesting—the process of interpreting and collecting data contained within documents. This feature is seamlessly integrated into Themis, our web-based digitisation project management tool.


We pride ourselves on our vast experience with large-scale transcription projects, having transcribed over ten million records in a single project. The transcription process is expertly handled by Themis. This versatile tool also facilitates distributed, multi-user transcription of handwritten documents, making the process efficient and collaborative.

Optical Character Recognition

At Max, Optical Character Recognition (OCR)—the process of converting imaged text into searchable and editable words—is an integral part of our digitisation workflow. Additionally, we provide the option for a final manual edit, ensuring unmatched levels of accuracy in our transcription projects.

Automatic Speech Recognition

We have taken our digitisation services a step further by incorporating Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) into our pathway. This powerful technology enables us to transcribe over 300 hours of interviews, expanding the potential of our transcription services and ensuring we cater to all our clients' needs.

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London
Creating Metadata
Data Extraction and Conversion Services