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

+Transkribus goes America

In May, Barbara Denicolò from the Transkribus-Team Innsbruck and Elena Mühlbauer from the Diözesanarchiv in Passau in the name of READ travelled to the Midwest of the USA to present Transkribus to the American audience.

Though small, Kalamazoo in the state of Michigan, is well-known for one of the major congresses of the various mediaeval disciplines, which takes place every year at the Western Michigan University WMU. At the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Elena and Barbara presented Transkribus as a practical tool for philologists and historians to transcribe and annotate old manuscripts and prints manually or automatically.

After a brief general introduction, the participants were able to segment and transcribe various documents themselves in a test collection created especially for them in a total of 90 minutes, and to apply particularly good models themselves. Although the workshop was unfortunately scheduled for the last time slot on Sunday and there were already noticeably less congress participants walking across the large university campus, a good dozen interested people found their way to the workshop.

The great interest was noticeable, while participants talked about their own projects and discussed possible applications and use cases. Hanna Lloyd from the University of Toronto for example reported on her user experiences and research results in her lecture “Digitizing Paleography: Transcribing Latin Charters with Transkribus”.

More information about the conference can be found here:

https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2019/medieval-congress-program-2019.pdf

https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress

+ Handwritten Text Recognition at the National Archives of Finland

In the past 3 years research groups and archives from all over Europe were working on Handwritten Text Recognition for historical documents. Results can now be seen at the public Transkribus seminar at the National Archives of Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday 26.6.2019!

The Transkribus platform enables non-technical users to train neural networks in order to recognize and search historical documents. The seminar will provide an update on latest technical developments and showcase how Transkribus can be used in various scenarios. Moreover, a first version of a web-interface for searching Finnish Court records from the 19th century will be launched. With this search interface users can search historical documents in a “Google like” way.

The READ project is currently in the transformation to become one of the first European Cooperative Societies in the research, education and cultural heritage domain. Institutions and private persons are warmly invited to join this initiative.

If you would like to take part, please register yourself under the following link (participation is free of charge and registration is possible until 18.6.2019): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transkribus-seminar-at-the-national-archives-of-finland-tickets-61567839064

The program includes an inspiring set of presentations from our international partners, as well as lunch and a panel discussion:

10.00. Welcoming words

10.15. READ-COOP: Günter Mühlberger (UIBK)

      Transkribus and the technology behind it

10.45. Transkribus platform: Sebastian Colutto (UIBK)

11.15. HTR in READ and Transkribus: Roger Labahn, Gundram Leifert (URO and CITlab)

11.30. Segmentation tools: Sofia Ares Oliveira (EPFL)

11.45. Table recognition: Hervé Déjean (NAVER)

12.00. ScanTent and DocScan: Matthias Wödlinger (CVL)

12.15- 13.15 Lunch

      Transkribus in practice

13.15 Edelfelt project: Maria Vainio-Kurtakko (SLS)

13.45 VeleHanden: Marc Ponte, Jirsi Reinders

14.15 Court Records Collection: (NAF and UPVLC)

15.00. Panel discussion

Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/helsinki-city-night-finland-1269310/