The READ-COOP SCE with limited liability was established on 1st of July 2019 in order to sustain and further develop the Transkribus platform. We are convinced that the legal model of a European Cooperative Society gives us the opportunity to carry out our work in a highly efficient, open and democratic way.

READ-COOP is based on the EU directive of a European Cooperative Society (SCE) but it is open to members outside of the European Community as well.


  • is a legal entity that allows its members to carry out common activities, while preserving their independence
  • has the principal objective of satisfying its members’ needs and not the return of capital investment
  • allows members to benefit proportionally to their profit and not to their capital contribution.

With this governance model we are able to

  • support humanities scholars, archives, libraries and the general public to transcribe, recognize and search historical documents with cutting edge technology
  • run a community driven platform for gathering and sharing documents, transcriptions, technology and knowledge among members and the public
  • constantly improve technology such as text recognition, layout analysis, and table recognition in close relationship with research groups and technology providers

Sharing is caring, or how members will benefit. The coop will

  • care about the Transkribus platform
  • offer significant discounts on paid services
  • enable members to shape the future of Transkribus in a democratic way –  each member has one to five votes in the General meeting
  • provide members free access to the yearly Transkribus User Conference

More than 80 institutions and private persons have already joined the coop.


READ-COOP is run by the board of directors consisting of 

Günter Mühlberger

University of Innsbruck


Andy Stauder 


Managing director

Melissa Terras

University of Edinburgh

Scholarly director

The board is supervised and elected by the General meeting of  all members which will meet at least once a year.

Statutes of READ-COOP

The statutes of READ-COOP SCE are the legal basis for our work. Please read them carefully. They are compliant with the EU directive on European Cooperatives as well as with national Austrian legislation and related laws. They were carefully set up with support from the Raiffeisen Association and approved by the Landesgericht Innsbruck (Court of Tyrol). The official registration number of READ-COOP SCE with limited liability is FN 520187g, our VAT ID is ATU74983823.

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General Meeting

Our 2nd General Meeting will take place on Thursday, 20th of May 2021. See all the details here.

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