Automatic Transcription of Historical Documents

Kristopher Grint, Oct. 19, 2015

Since 2013, the European Union has been funding the tranScriptorium project, which researches ‘Handwritten Text Recognition’ technology and aims to improve access to historical documents by developing software to automatically transcribe them. A recent milestone for the project was the beta release of a tool, ‘Transkribus’, that puts this HTR technology into the hands of researchers and archivists for the first time. In this meeting, Kris Grint will briefly introduce the various concepts behind HTR, as well as demonstrate how ‘Transkribus’ works, but our main purpose will be to investigate the potential this technology has to disrupt more traditional forms of scholarship.

Questions & Themes:
Does HTR represent something like the holy grail for humanities researchers? Or do technical or methodological issues make it too problematic to be useful? How might you apply HTR technology to your own research? We hope to discuss these and other questions.

Reference: – for the overarching project – for the tool

Location and Time:
Oct. 19, 2015, 1-2pm in the Old Class Library of St John’s House, South Street.