The Street View Text (SVT) dataset was harvested from Google Street View. Image text in this data exhibits high variability and often has low resolution. In dealing with outdoor street level imagery, we note two characteristics. (1) Image text often comes from business signage and (2) business names are easily available through geographic business searches. These factors make the SVT set uniquely suited for word spotting in the wild: given a street view image, the goal is to identify words from nearby businesses.
Note: the dataset has undergone revision since the time it was evaluated in this publication. Please consult the ICCV2011 paper for most up-to-date results.Source: Street View Text Dataset