DATeCH2017 - WS4

Handwritten Text Recognition - Transkribus Workshop (READ project)

Tutor(s): Tobias Strauß (Uni Rostock), Florian Kleber (TU Wien), Markus Diem (TU Wien), Tobias Hodel (Staatsarchiv Zürich)

Date: May 31st, 2017, 9:00 AM

Location: GCDH, Seminar Room 2 (ground floor), Heyne Haus, Papendiek 16, 37073 Göttingen, Germany


Transkribus ( is a platform for the automated recognition, transcription and searching of handwritten historical documents. Transkribus is part of the EU-funded Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) ( project. The core mission of the READ project is to make archival material more accessible through the development and dissemination of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and other cutting-edge technologies.

The workshop is aimed at institutions, researchers, and students who are interested in the transcription, searching and publishing of historical documents. It will introduce participants to the technology behind the READ project and demonstrate the Transkribus transcription platform. Transkribus can be freely downloaded.

Participants should bring their laptops along to the workshop.


09.00-09.30 Welcome, introduction of READ (incl. research agendas)

09.30-10.15 Introduction to LA and Demonstration of ScanTent [CVL]

10.15-10.45 Introduction to HTR with Neural Networks [URO]

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.00 Show us your documents and images (input by user)

12.00-13.00 How to use Transkribus

13.00-14.00 Break (lunch provided)

14.00-15:00 Individual: Play around and trouble-shooting

15.00-15.30 Use-cases (StAZH/BAR, Barlach, Matricula-online, Transcribe Bentham) and what’s to come in READ

15.30-16.30 Feedback and Wrap-up [open end discussion] (coffee available)