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Transcribe Old German Scripts with Transkribus

Transkribus helps you to convert old letters, documents and chronicles from old German scripts such as Kurrent, Sütterlin, Fraktur or Antiqua into readable text. The Transkribus software enables you to automatically translate old handwritings with the help of artificial intelligence. 

500 credits are free (= about 500 pages of text recognition)

How Transkribus helps you to translate Kurrent, Sütterlin, Fraktur or Antiqua to text

Decipher old German Handwritings with AI-powered Text Recognition

Automatically recognize your historical documents and turn them into normal text. Transkribus helps you to convert Kurrent, Sütterlin and Fraktur Script from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century. There are a number of publicly available artificial intelligence models you can use. 

Manually transcribe and correct automatic translations

With the transcription editor you can manually transcribe your old German Scripts or you can correct transcription errors from the automatic transcription. The results of the automatic transcription can vary depending on the handwriting and the quality of the material.

Train your own AI text recognition models

You can also train specific text recognition models that are capable of recognising exactly the old German Script and the handwriting of your material

Search your old documents

With Transkribus you can search your documents for names and keyowords and you have also more advanced search options

Export your transcriptions

You can export your transcribed text as text documents or as PDFs. 

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How Transkribus works

Transkribus is a software that uses artificial intelligence to “learn” how to read Kurrent Script. For this, the software first needed to be trained with a number of pages that have been manually transcribed. This so called “Ground Truth” enables Transkribus to understand and read Kurrent Script.

The model “German Kurrent M2” for instance was trained with more than 550.000 words from many different handwritings. You can use this and other pretrained AI models to automatically recognize your Kurrent, Sütterlin or Fraktur documents and convert them into normal text. 

If you are able and willing to transcribe about 50 pages by yourself, you can also train a custom AI model. Your own model is then able recognize excactly the handwriting that you are working with. 

Example transcription of a letter of Goethe

Example of an old Recipe written in Kurrent Script

About old German Scripts

There are a number of old German Scripts that were used in the German speaking World between the 16th and 20th century. On the one hand, there were a number of handwritings including Kurrent Script, Sütterlin, Offenbacher Script. But there were also some printed Scrpits such as Fraktur or Antiqua. 

With the help of Transkribus accessing and searching a large number of historical documents – written in old German Scripts –  is today possible. By using one of the public models or a own model, thousands of historical documents can be automatically converted into text. 

Public AI Models for old German Scripts

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Model name: Transkribus German Kurrent M2
This is a global model, which recognizes German Kurrent, Sütterlin and Fraktur scripts from 17th to 20th century. The training data set includes nearly 500 000 words and has a CER on the ...
Transkribus Team, University of Innsbruck
German
17th, 18th, 19th, 20th
German Kurrent, Sütterlin, Fraktur
Handwritten
5.29
HTR+
Model name: Land registers (Verfachbücher) Tyrol, 1750-1800
This model is trained on about 105.000 words from the so-called “Verfachbücher” from the Tyrolean Pustertal valley and based on the public Model German_Kurrent_XVI-XVIII_M1. The ground truth material covers several ...
Projects “Reading in the Alps. Private book ownership in the Catholically dominated Central Alps 1750–1800” and “Living in the Alps”
German
18th
German Kurrent
Handwritten
5.5
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Model name: German_Kurrent_XIX_M2
This model has a large train (3038000 words) and test set for German Kurrent (19th century). The ground truth stems from different projects and partners and is biased towards Swiss ...
Tobias Hodel
German
19th
German Kurrent
Handwritten
7.24
PyLaia
Model name: German_Kurrent_17th-18th
Already got to know one of our biggest models in Transkribus? That is the German_Kurrent_17th-18th model by the University of Greifswald. Different kinds of texts have been part of the ...
University of Greifswald
German
17th, 18th, 19th
German Kurrent
Handwritten
5.5
HTR+
Model name: German_Kurrent_XVI-XVIII_M1
This model has a large train (1579200 words) and test set for German Kurrent (16th -18th century). The ground truth stems from different projects and partners and is biased towards ...
Tobias Hodel
German
16th, 17th, 18th
German Kurrent
Handwritten
8.42
PyLaia
Model name: German_Kurrent_XIX_pylaia
This model has a large train (5100400 words) and test set for German Kurrent (19th century). The ground truth stems from different projects and partners and is biased towards Swiss ...
Tobias Hodel
German
19th
German Kurrent
Handwritten
6.9

Pricing

Training, layout analysis, using Transkribus for manually transcribing, etc. – i.e., everything but text recognition proper is free of charge. Yet, you can also use  the Transkribus text recognition feature for free, as you get 500 free credits (i.e. about 500 pages) upon signup.

Your purchases will enable us to keep Transkribus alive into the future and keep this wonderful community going. Everything you need to know about buying credits you can find here.

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