Data capture is the collective term for entering data into a computer. One can distinguish between manual and automatic
data capture where automatic data capture is aiming at replacing manual data entry completely or at least partially.
Systems for automatic data capture are for example scanners and OCR software, i.e. programs for optical character recognition. For data capture from structured documents like forms, questionnaires etc. there is also special software like our FormPro. For data capture from unstructured documents like newspaper articles or letters there are programs with automatic layout analysis like OmniPage.