READ revolutionizes access to handwritten documents

From the Middle Ages to today, from old Greek to modern English, from running text to tables or forms

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READ's mission is to revolutionize access to archival documents with the support of cutting-edge technology such as Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Keyword Spotting (KWS).

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READ addresses archives and libraries, humanities scholars, family historians, volunteers - and computer scientists

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Research

Research in READ comprises exciting fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

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Services

READ technology is available via the service platform Transkribus. Upload documents, train a Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) model, process text and follow the progress of the project.

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Recent Posts

+ Paper on Transkribus and handwritten text recognition (HTR) in archives now open access

A general paper about Transkribus was published in the Journal of Documentation.  Transforming scholarship in the archives through handwritten text recognition gives an overview of the current use of HTR on archival manuscript material with the help of Transkribus. Several use cases are discussed and therefore the article demonstrates how HTR can affect scholarship and revolutionize the use of digitised heritage content.

The article shows that HTR is an efficient technology, suitable for the work on mass digitisation material. Cooperative models are a further way of sustainable use of the Transkribus platform. The fact, that Transkribus is the only publicly available platform for HTR involves the potential to be path-breaking for institutions as well as individuals by providing information, which wasn’t accessible before. Important note: The article was written in 2018 and therefore figures for recognition rates have improved significantly in the meantime!

Have a look at the article, it will give you an overview about the current use of HTR within a wide archival studies community. Via this link you can access it: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JD-07-2018-0114/full/html

Source: https://pixabay.com/de/photos/alte-b%C3%BCcher-buch-alte-bibliothek-436498/

+ Successful Transkribus Workshop at DH summer school in Tartu

On 27th of August Barbara Denicolò of the Transkribus Team Innsbruck held a workshop at the summer school “Digital Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences” at the University of Tartu (Estonia). An overview about different analysis methods and methodological principles for working with (digital) data in humanities and social sciences was given within the framework of this summer school. Transkribus was invited to represent the historical-paleographical part, i.e. the work with handwritten and printed text.

The workshop met with great interest and was booked out quickly. Half of the participants were PhD students, additionally professors, postgraduates and independent (senior) researchers took part. The three-part workshop, which lasted throughout the day, began with a detailed and wide-ranging presentation of the program, its history and its various features, as well as a brief theoretical presentation of an exemplary workflow. After the lunch break, people were working on their manuscripts directly. Exercise examples in different languages and screens were available for them in order to discuss individual project requirements.

More information about the “Digital Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences” summer school in Tartu can be found here:

https://digitalmethods.ut.ee/node/19198

 

Source: http://www.mladiinfo.eu/2017/12/15/degree-programmes-with-tuition-waiver-scholarship-at-the-university-of-tartu/