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The Transkribus Guided Project

Dr Oliver Dunn, CDH Methods Fellow and  Dr Alexis Litvine, Faculty of History

We are pleased to offer (Online via Microsoft Teams) this practical introduction course,  designed to train those who are unfamiliar with Transkribus to a level where they can use it in their own research at a basic level.

We introduce the Transkribus software system that can be taught to read handwriting from images of documents and rapidly convert it into useful digital formats. This guided course provides basic training by practical immersion in this software, which requires only basic IT skills. Transkribus was developed by READ under the Horizon 2020 funding framework and is now a co-operative. It had 20,000+ users in 2019, and is becoming a standard research tool for mass transcription of archival sources.

Participants will transcribe anonymised data from pre-loaded scans of forms filled out for the French national census of 1999 in Transkribus's downloadable software interface. These manual transcriptions will help train a handwritten text recognition (HTR) model to automatically transcribe many more of these forms later. In fact, the model will eventually allow the creation of one of the largest data sets ever attempted from manuscript sources.

This course is a collaboration with Transkribus and Cambridge Digital Humanities. It is funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant.

For further details, requirements and to sign up - follow this link

 

Date: 
Wednesday, 29 July, 2020 - 16:00
Wednesday, 5 August, 2020 - 16:00
Event location: 
Online event