+ Algorithms, models and medieval documents – join us at the International Medieval Congress 2017

We are already getting excited for one of Europe’s biggest history conferences!  The International Medieval Congress attracts medieval scholars from around the globe, who will be presenting their research this year across 238 sessions.  The READ project will be presenting a panel and a workshop to spread the good word about our handwritten text recognition technology.  And we are looking forward to the famous IMC disco too!

The International Medieval Congress takes place at the University of Leeds on 3-6 July 2017.  The READ project will be presenting on Monday 3 July, at 11:15 in session no. 139.  The details are as follows:

The Digital Scribe: Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) of Medieval Documents

From Memoria to the Memory of the Turning Points of Life: Matricula-online and HTR

Elena Muehlbauer (Passau Diocesan Archives)

Transkribus and the Archives of a Brigittine Monastery – Making Digital Editions of Naantali documents

Maria Kallio (National Archives Finland)

Sending 15th Century Missives Through Algorithms: Testing and Evaluating HTR with 2,200 Documents

Tobias Hodel  (State Archives Zurich)

You can see a couple of examples of the documents that our panel will be discussing below. How does Handwritten Text Recognition technology copy with the writing of these medieval scribes?

Copy of privileges, orders, seasonal contributions and records pertaining to the cloister holdings of Königsfeld. Compiled at the time of Queen Agnes of Hungary (ca. 1281-1346).  [Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/0428, f. 1r – Cartulary I of Königsfelden.  Image from e-codices]
The READ project will also be hosting a separate workshop at the University of Leeds on the morning of Wednesday 5 July 2017.  This is open to all – medieval scholars and beyond!

We will give an overview of the latest advances in Handwritten Text Recognition technology and show participants how they can work with our Transkribus tool to train a computer to automatically process a set of documents of any language, date, style or format.  To register for the workshop or for more information, please email Tobias Hodel.

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