Document and data handling and retrieval system

  • US 4,553,261 A
  • Filed: 05/31/1983
  • Issued: 11/12/1985
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/31/1983
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for gathering data from a plurality of source documents comprisingmeans for sequentially receiving documents, optically scanning each document and forming a series of digitalized signals representative of digital patterns closely approximating patterns on each document from which an image of each document can be reproduced;

  • means for imprinting in a predetermined area of each document a set of characters uniquely identifying each document and for producing electrical signals representative of said characters;

    buffer means for storing the series of digitalized signals along with said signals representative of said characters;

    means for recalling from said buffer means groups of said digitalized signals and for producing on a viewable screen an image of the digitalized patterns of the document from which said signals were formed;

    manually operable control means for selecting a plurality of locations in said document image to identify selected segments of the digital patterns therein and for adding to said selected segments address information to control subsequent disposition of said segments; and

    a mass data file for receiving and storing said segments in digitalized form and said address information.

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