Meaning of "data recognition"

the identification of printed characters using photoelectric devices and computer software.

optical character recognition

optical character recognition
n. Abbr. OCR
1. The electronic identification and digital encoding of printed or handwritten characters by means of an optical scanner and specialized software.
2. The technology involved in this process.

op′tical char′acter recogni`tion

op′tical char′acter recogni`tion n.
the process or technology of reading printed or typed text by electronic means and converting it to digital data. Abbr.: OCR