This first version of a generic model for handwritten Ukrainian (predominantly from the second part of the 19th to the late 20th century) was curated and trained by Aleksej Tikhonov, a researcher of the MultiHTR project (Freiburg/Germany, PI: Achim Rabus).
Portions of the GT data have kindly been provided by Kateryna Lobuzina of The Vernadskyi National Library of Ukraine (VNLU), containing manuscripts by Taras Shevchenko, as well as Klyment Kvitka’s notices and comments on Ukrainian folklore collected by Lesya Ukrainka. Another part of the GT has kindly been provided by the corpus created by Maria Shvedova, Ruprecht von Waldenfels, Serhij Yaryhin, Andriy Rysin, Vasyl Starko, Tymofij Nikolajenko, et al. (2017-2023): GRAC: General Regionally Annotated Corpus of Ukrainian, Electronic resource: Kyiv, Lviv, Jena (uacorpus.org), which contains a collection of letters prepared by students of Lviv Polytechnic University in 2018-2020 (http://uacorpus.org/Kyiv/en/gracinfo/rozrobniki).
We thank Mykhailo Kostiv of The National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide in Kyiv, who provided the training process with a manuscript by Lavrin Nechyporenko from the 1960s.
We sincerely thank our partners from Ukraine for the cooperation with MultiHTR on the first generic model of handwritten Ukrainian, despite the ongoing war in their country.
Image source: Vernadskyi National Library of Ukraine.