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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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

+ 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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