Hand scoring of the CDIs is most convenient for small numbers of forms when the objective is to obtain summary scores for the various sections of the inventories. Alternatively, users may choose a type of machine-scanning (Optical Mark Reading, OMR) system that automates the process of tabulating and summarizing the data on the Inventarios.
All OMR systems require a scanner connected to a computer and a software program compatible with the scanner. These systems automatically read the completed forms and create a data file in ASCII format, essentially a single long row of 1s and 0s for each scanned inventory. The scanned data output can then be converted to meaningful categories (e.g., total number of words produced) with the use of a program designed for or adapted to that purpose (e.g., CDI Scoring Program). Additional information may also be entered by keyboard, depending on the particular scanning software being used.
Two types of machine scoring systems are currently available. First, a traditional OMR reader (e.g., NCS, Scantron), the kind that is commonly associated with standardized testing, preprinted forms, and No. 2 pencils, can be used. Second, forms can be scanned using a desktop image scanner, a device that is becoming an increasingly common accompaniment to PCs (e.g., Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Panasonic). Both types of automated scoring systems require a modest to substantial investment in hardware and software, as well as loading the template configurations (see links below) that have been designed for use with the CDIs.
Template configurations for traditional OMR readers: Coming soon!
Template configurations for Desktop scanning systems: Coming soon!