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

About

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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Network

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

+ General model for “Fraktur” released

Thanks to the Library Labs of the Austrian National Library and the NewsEye project we are happy to announce the release of a free model which is capable to read German Fraktur documents especially from the 19th and 20th century in a convincing quality outperforming most standard OCR engines. The model is based on training data coming from the ANNO collection of the Austrian National Library and comprises 442.141 words. It shows a CER of 1,55% on the training set and 1,65% on the test set without any dictionary support. Note: the model is trained on German language documents. It will provide less convincing results for other languages, such as Swedish or Finnish Fraktur. However models for these languages are also in preparation and may be released in the coming months. The Fraktur model is available for every registered user in Transkribus and called: ONB _Newseye_GT_M1+. Have fun!

+ In preparation for the next Transkribus User Conference

We are excited about our next Transkribus User Conference, which this time will take place in Innsbruck. Preparations are in full swing and the date will be announced within the next few weeks.

Our last Transkribus User Conference in November 2018 was a great success, but there is always room for improvement. If you have some input to share on topics for the next conference or other suggestions for improvement, we are happy to receive them via email@transkribus.eu.

The program of our last user conference can be found here: https://read.transkribus.eu/transkribus-user-conference-2018/

… videos of the presentations in our Youtube-channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7UbQtd4qlhKCEgLnZbJKQu9qpA5iF-sC

Hope to meet you there!