Latin Incunabula (Reichenau)

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Latin Incunabula (Reichenau)

This model is trained to recognize the Gothic and Antiqua typefaces found in Latin incunabula and early prints.

It was developed by the project Digitalisierung und Volltexterkennung der ehemals Reichenauer Inkunabeln at the Badische Landesbibliothek, which was funded by the Stiftung Kulturgut

The Ground Truth used to train and evaluate this model is based on a collection of incunabula and post-incunabula of the former Reichenau monastery, now held at the Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe. As, typically, 1-20 pages were drawn from single documents, the Ground Truth set reflects a wide range of typefaces used by printers from the German language area and Northern Italy.

The transcription of the Ground Truth followed the guidelines documented at and uses a range of Unicode characters to represent Latin abbreviations.

This model was created by the Badische Landesbibliothek and is published under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

Model Overview

Latin Incunabula (Reichenau)
Badische Landesbibliothek
Model ID:
15th, 16th
Antiqua typeface, Gothic typeface
CER on validation set:
0.6 %
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This AI model was trained to automatically convert text from images of historical Antiqua typeface, Gothic typeface documents into editable and searchable text.