Session Title

Using Handwritten Text Recognition: An Introduction to Transkribus (A Workshop)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ)

Organizer Name

Tobias Hodel

Organizer Affiliation

Staatsarchiv des Kantons Zürich

Presider Name

Louise Seaward

Presider Affiliation

Univ. College London

Paper Title 1

READ: An Introduction

Presenter 1 Name

Louise Seaward

Paper Title 2

Preparing Documents in Transkribus

Presenter 2 Name

Maria Kallio

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Kansallisarkisto

Paper Title 3

Training HTR Models and Searching in Large Collections

Presenter 3 Name

Tobias Hodel

Start Date

12-5-2019 10:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1235

Description

Algorithms deciphering and searching handwritten documents will broaden our access to and our insight into medieval sources tremendously. Due to the development of machine learning (based on neural networks) the last few years have seen an incredible improvement in the recognition of layout and handwriting, so that the technology can now be used by scholars in the humanities for their everyday work. Although training data is still required to recognize text, the use of the technology is becoming more and more worthwhile, especially for medievalists and early modernists, as better and better models are being developed. The use of Transkribus is already suitable not only for large projects that work with hundreds of manuscript pages, but also for small-scale applications such as dissertations and master theses.

Transkribus (https://transkribus.eu/Transkribus/) is an open source platform for the automated recognition, transcription and searching of handwritten historical documents. Transkribus is part of the EU­funded Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) (http://read.transkribus.eu/) project. The core mission of the READ project is to make handwritten material more accessible through the development and dissemination of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and other cutting-edge technologies.

The Transkribus workshop is aimed at researchers and students who are interested in the transcription, searching and publishing of historical documents. It will introduce participants to the technology behind the READ project and demonstrate the Transkribus transcription platform.

Participants are asked to create a Transkribus account and install Transkribus on their laptops in advance of the workshop. They should bring their laptops along to the workshop. Wi-Fi is necessary. Tobias Hodel

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May 12th, 10:30 AM

Using Handwritten Text Recognition: An Introduction to Transkribus (A Workshop)

Schneider 1235

Algorithms deciphering and searching handwritten documents will broaden our access to and our insight into medieval sources tremendously. Due to the development of machine learning (based on neural networks) the last few years have seen an incredible improvement in the recognition of layout and handwriting, so that the technology can now be used by scholars in the humanities for their everyday work. Although training data is still required to recognize text, the use of the technology is becoming more and more worthwhile, especially for medievalists and early modernists, as better and better models are being developed. The use of Transkribus is already suitable not only for large projects that work with hundreds of manuscript pages, but also for small-scale applications such as dissertations and master theses.

Transkribus (https://transkribus.eu/Transkribus/) is an open source platform for the automated recognition, transcription and searching of handwritten historical documents. Transkribus is part of the EU­funded Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) (http://read.transkribus.eu/) project. The core mission of the READ project is to make handwritten material more accessible through the development and dissemination of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and other cutting-edge technologies.

The Transkribus workshop is aimed at researchers and students who are interested in the transcription, searching and publishing of historical documents. It will introduce participants to the technology behind the READ project and demonstrate the Transkribus transcription platform.

Participants are asked to create a Transkribus account and install Transkribus on their laptops in advance of the workshop. They should bring their laptops along to the workshop. Wi-Fi is necessary. Tobias Hodel