This ICT based e-infrastructure will address the Societal Challenges mentioned in "Europe in a Changing World" namely the 'transmission of European cultural heritage' and the 'uses of the past' as one of the core requirements of a reflective society
Specific measures of the READ project will be:
Based on research and innovation enabled by the READ Virtual Research Environment, we will be able to explore and access hundreds of kilometres of archival documents via full-text search and therefore be able to open up one of the last hidden treasures of Europe's rich cultural heritage.
READ is managed by a multidisciplinary consortium of 13 partners working in Computer Science, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Image Processing and Humanities. The project builds on the results from the FP7 Project TranScriptorium.
READ will run for 3.5 years, with a total budget of exceeding 8 million Euros.