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

+ 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