+ Demystifying Digitisation – Registration now open

Demystifying Digitisation: A Hands-On Master Class in Text Digitisation will take place at the University of Antwerp from 29 to 30 September 2016.  Registration is now open for those wanting to learn more about Transkribus and digitisation projects in general.

Organised by the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities-Belgium (DARIAH-BE) and Digital Humanities Flanders (DHuF), the programme will include two intensive workshops – the first on ABBYY OCR software, the second on the Transkribus platform for handwritten text recognition.  There will also be related sessions on digitisation workflows, copyright issues and more.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge but registration is required.

+ The READ network expands – into digital scholarly editing

The READ project now has a new partner which will investigate how Transkribus can be used in digital scholarly editing.

The Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) is the latest institution to join the READ network as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partner.  Based in Germany, the IDE is a network of scholars who research the ways in which digital methods can be applied to historical documents.  The IDE has a rich knowledge of digital editions and produces the RIDE journal to review such resources.

The IDE will be testing out the Transkribus platform and providing feedback on how it can support the creation of digital editions using basic TEI standards.

+ Digital Toolbox Conference – Programme now available!

What should be in your Digital Toolbox?  Find out at our upcoming conference at The Linnean Society in London on 10th October 2016.

We are pleased to announce that the full conference programme is now available!

The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Melissa Terras (UCL).  Other papers will explore some of the benefits and challenges of working with historical, literary and scientific papers in a digital environment.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the handwritten text recognition technology available in our Transkribus platform.

There will be a small registration fee of £15 for the event.  This will cover tea/coffee, lunch and a wine reception.  Please find the registration form here:  https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/what-should-be-in-your-digital-toolbox

We are looking forward to presenting Transkribus alongside these other innovative projects!

+ Philology in the future!

National Archives Finland will be part of an exciting event, taking place in Oslo in association with the National Library of Finland on 13-14 September 2016.  At the Nordic Network seminar on “Philology in the future” the READ project will be presented, along with other research on data and text analysis.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of Transkribus in a dedicated workshop.  For more information, check the website.

+ Demystifying Digitisation: A Hands-On Master Class in Text Digitisation

The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities-Belgium (DARIAH-BE) and Digital Humanities Flanders (DHuF) are organising a two-day event for digital humanities researchers at the University of Antwerp.  Demystifying Digitisation: A Hands-On Master Class in Text Digitisation will take place on 29 – 30 September 2016.

The core of the programme consists of two workshops – the first dealing with ABBYY OCR software and the second explaining the HTR technology available in our Transkribus platform.  There will also be associated lectures exploring the most important considerations for mass and ad-hoc digitisation projects.

Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.  Official registration will be open soon but preliminary enquiries can be sent to mike.kestemont@uantwerpen.be

+ What should be in your Digital Toolbox? Conference on 10 October 2016

The Linnean Society of London (one of READ’s MOU partners), in collaboration with the Transcribe Bentham initiative at University College London (UCL), is hosting a one-day conference on 10 October 2016.

The “Digital Toolbox” conference will showcase how innovative technology is being applied to the humanities and natural sciences.  It promises to demonstrate how researchers, curators and enthusiasts can use digital tools to explore historical and scientific material in new ways.

Image of a Linnean Society manuscript in Transkribus

Image of a Linnean Society manuscript in Transkribus

The technology behind the READ project and its current and future outputs will be discussed, along with other digital humanities projects from across the United Kingdom.

Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Humanities at UCL will be the keynote speaker.

More details on the full programme will be available soon.

There will be a small registration fee of £15 for the event.  This will cover tea/coffee, lunch and a wine reception.  Please find the registration form here:  https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/what-should-be-in-your-digital-toolbox

+ The READ project comes back to Germany

The partners in the READ project will come together for an all-staff meeting in Passau, Germany from 20-22 September 2016.  The meeting will be hosted by Passau Diocesan Archives, who are one of the Large Scale Demonstrators in the project.

The first part of the meeting will be an open session where archivists, librarians and scholars can find out more about the READ project.  We will learn about the sacramental registers held by Passau Diocesan Archives and show how handwritten text recognition technology is being applied to these documents in the Transkribus platform.  Project participants will also provide a summary of the other data sets which form part of the READ project and explain how research competitions will encourage computer scientists to contribute to the improvement of our tools and technologies.

The rest of our time in Passau will be an opportunity for the project partners to discuss the next phases of our work. We will meet as one group and collaborate in smaller working groups to explore our different research priorities.  We are also happy to have the chance to explore Passau, the town known as Bavaria’s “three river city” where the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube meet.


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Passau Diocesan Archives

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+ Transkribus ‘How to’ guides

We are happy to report that new ‘How to’ guides are now available to help those who want to work with Transkribus.

If you visit the Transkribus wiki, you will find the following ‘How to’ papers:

We hope you will find these documents useful and we welcome any feedback.

+ Bringing archives and technology together!

The READ project is featured in the latest issue of Insights magazine, which is produced by the ICARUS organisation.  ICARUS represents more than 160 archives in over 30 countries.

The coverage explains the aims of the project and also gives a summary of the ‘Technology meets Scholarship’ conference in January 2016, where the READ project held its kick-off meeting.

Our appearance in Insights magazine should help to spread the word about READ!  We look forward to developing our relationship with the archival community as our project continues.