Formation – Workshop Transkribus

On 21 September 2018, we want to organise a workshop on Transkribus. The location will normally be the UGent, pending confirmation, initially planned from 13:00 until 16:00, with the possibility to join us for a drink afterwards (at your own expense).

The aim of this workshop is to offer a hands-on Transkribus session of three hours. It will be delivered by Dr. Louise Seaward (University College London) of the Bentham Project. Transkribus is a free and open platform for automated recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents, using Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The workshop is aimed at scholars who are involved in the transcription and editing of historical documents. It already has promising results, as the Huygens ING has already reached a 98% recognition-rate on printed texts from the 17th and 18th century. Hence our aim to offer some necessary first training to get to grips with the platform and the technology to be able to use and to apply it in our own research.

Participation is not limited to a specific university. Registration is free but please register by sending an email to workshopdh18@gmail.com. Do remember: you will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop. If you have already registered, there is no need to send us another email.

Please note that for this first workshop the number of participants is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order of arrival. We will work with a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will soon organise another workshop. Let us know if you do not want your data to be stored for this purpose. In addition, a workshop on Transkribus within the framework of the Doctoral Schools is being planned (with the necessary credits for those that need this). Please let us know if you are interested, then we can work together with the Transkribus team to get such an event organised.

Thank you for your interest,
Kind regards,

Nina Lamal (FWO postdoctoral researcher, University of Antwerp)

Annemieke Romein (NWO-Rubicon postdoctoral researcher, Ghent University/Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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