Kontrrazvedka: The story of the Makhnovist intelligence service - Vyacheslav Azarov

Study of the Makhnovists' intelligence service during the Russian civil war, the Kontrrazvedka.

Submitted by flaneur on January 20, 2012

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Django

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Django on January 20, 2012

Yeah, I've been pondering scanning this for ages - nice one!

flaneur

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by flaneur on January 20, 2012

Do your Anarchy's Cossack instead.

Django

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Django on January 20, 2012

That's been donated to the Sparrow's Nest I'm afraid.

flaneur

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by flaneur on January 20, 2012

I see how it is, 'mate'.

Cooked

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Cooked on January 21, 2012

I did a quick test ocr'ing the scan.

Dumped the pdf to ppm >turned into greyscale tiffs > cropped the spreads using imagemagick > ran tesseract-ocr on the result. It's fairly messy but actually a little bit better than I thought. Needs serious spellchecking and more, the notes are totally f'ed. Have you ocr'd stuff before, how successful have you been?

I automated it all using pdf2ppm, imagemagick, tesseract and a *tiny* bit of shell scripting. (linux tools). Had to manually blank out the photos though and added spaces between paragraphs. Was using tesseract 2.04-2.1 on Debian Sid, might be worth while trying the latest version.

It was mainly an experiment and didn't take much more that 30mins do you reckon it's worth while to do this sort of stuff?

Text can be found at http://pastebin.com/qxpJuf50

Steven.

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on January 21, 2012

Hey, that's really great.

We have a lot of OCRed content, it's generally pretty painstaking and takes a long time correcting things, especially like to hear the quality of the scan isn't that great.

Especially with more people using Kindles and screen readers, it's great having stuff in text format. Would you be able to edit this article and paste in a formatted text version?

If you can do this for anything else in the library as well that would be amazing (in the PDFs tag), or write a short guide so that others can do it as well?

Karetelnik

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Karetelnik on January 21, 2012

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but if you want to use a work which comrades in Ukraine and Canada have gone to a lot of trouble to prepare, why not ask them for a digital copy instead of going through this arcane procedure and possibly ending up with an inferior product?

Khawaga

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Khawaga on January 22, 2012

Good point. Black Cat Press/ Thoughtcrime are very reasonable. They will most likely send the text file if asked (they did this with the Atamansha text I think).

Battlescarred

12 years 4 months ago

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Submitted by Battlescarred on February 8, 2012

"Perhaps I'm missing something here, but if you want to use a work which comrades in Ukraine and Canada have gone to a lot of trouble to prepare, why not ask them for a digital copy instead of going through this arcane procedure and possibly ending up with an inferior product?"
As I said, ask authors of texts first before puttting them up on libcom. Not only good manners, but as Kareltelnik says, can save a lot of bother.

MT

7 years 11 months ago

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Submitted by MT on July 16, 2016

Can anyone clarify if the current PDF is the "flawed" one or if someone actually has contacted publishers and asked them for a text or PDF?