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+ Successful Transkribus Workshop at DH summer school in Tartu

On 27th of August Barbara Denicolò of the Transkribus Team Innsbruck held a workshop at the summer school “Digital Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences” at the University of Tartu (Estonia). An overview about different analysis methods and methodological principles

+ Decoding famous British engineer’s handwriting

The SS Great Britain trust accepted the challenge of deciphering Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s handwriting. Without technical help this had been a challenge. The team in charge discovered, that his handwriting was “almost impossible to read”. That’s where Transkribus came into

+ National Archives releases first version of a Dutch handwriting model

The digitisation team around Liesbeth Keyser from the National Archives in the Netherlands is working hard on creating training data for their collections in order to prepare HTR processing on a large scale. As a first result a model based

+ Special models on Slavic handwriting released

Prof. Achim Rabus from the University of Freiburg has released two specialized models which are able to read Russian Curch Slavonic. The first model is called VMC_Test_4+: Training data consist of parts of the Russian Church Slavonic Great Reading Menology

+ General model for “Fraktur” released

Thanks to the Library Labs of the Austrian National Library and the NewsEye project we are happy to announce the release of a free model which is capable to read German Fraktur documents especially from the 19th and 20th century

+ In preparation for the next Transkribus User Conference

We are excited about our next Transkribus User Conference, which this time will take place in Innsbruck. Preparations are in full swing and the date will be announced within the next few weeks. Our last Transkribus User Conference in November

+ Transkribus HTR competing in OCR-test of the Zurich University

Members of the Zurich University compared two versions of the ABBYY FineReader (FineReader XIX and FineReader Server 11) OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and the Transkribus HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) in order to find out which one is the most effective

+ Foundation of READ-COOP

On 1st of July 2019 the READ project will turn into a European Cooperative Society (SCE). READ-COOP will serve as the basis for sustaining and further developing the Transkribus platform and related services and tools. READ-COOP will be based on the EU directive of a European Cooperative (SCE). Though

+ Transkribus goes America

In May, Barbara Denicolò from the Transkribus-Team Innsbruck and Elena Mühlbauer from the Diözesanarchiv in Passau in the name of READ travelled to the Midwest of the USA to present Transkribus to the American audience. Though small, Kalamazoo in the

+ Handwritten Text Recognition at the National Archives of Finland

In the past 3 years research groups and archives from all over Europe were working on Handwritten Text Recognition for historical documents. Results can now be seen at the public Transkribus seminar at the National Archives of Finland in Helsinki