Vienna, 16 June 2015

Automated Recognition and Transcription of Handwritten Documents.

The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) starts its DH - Tool Gallery:

Automated Recognition and Transcription of Handwritten Documents for Humanities Scholars, Archives and Libraries. Technology, Perspectives and Hands-on Workshop

Today, the automated recognition of handwritten documents is no longer a vision, but a real option. For humanities scholars, archivists and librarians this situation will offer new chances. Modern software is not only able to create automated transcriptions of handwritten or early printed documents, it also provides new ways to search the content in a previously unknown way. Moreover the new technology allows to match image and text on a detailed level which will encourage the involvement of volunteers ("Citizen Science"). In order to make the technology available to all user groups but also to benefit from various synergies, the prototype of a collaborative transcription and recognition platform (TRANSKRIBUS) will be introduced and can be explored.

Requirements for participation

The event addresses humanities scholars who are involved in the transcription of historical documents, but also archives and libraries who want to provide their users with a powerful virtual research environment to work with their documents.

Please bring your own laptop to the workshop.

ACDH Tool Galleries are free and open to all. Registration closed.


10.30-12.30 Part 1 - Presentations

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Karlheinz Mörth, Director of the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

12.30-13.30 Lunch at the Aula of the ÖAW

13.30-15.30 Part 2: Workshop - Hands on

Participants will receive detailed explanations on the various tools and demonstrators developed within the project and also be able to try them  out on their own laptops.


The event is organised in cooperation with the University of Innsbruck, Digitisation and Digital Preservation group und the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities. It is co-financed by the European Commission, FP7 Programme for Research and Development.


16 June 2015 – 10:30 to 15:30


Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
Sitzungssaal, 1st floor
1010 Vienna