Friday, June 3, 2016

The Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) project is developing new technology to enable computers to recognise handwritten historical material.  With Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology, computers can process any kind of document – from the Middle Ages to the present day, from old Greek to modern English.  This research has huge and exciting implications for the accessibility of the written records of human history.  It allows users to search in the full-text of large historical collections and also to extract information such as person names or data stored in tables and forms. 
Anyone interested in finding out more about the project can now consult presentations which were given by the READ partners at the co:op project’s ‘Technology meets Scholarship’ conference. 
Text transcripts and slides from the READ presentations are available here: 
Videos of the READ presentations can be found here:
For an introduction to HTR technology, try watching Dr Roger Labahn (University of Rostock) on ‘Handwritten Text Recognition.  Key Concepts’:
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