A breakthrough in handwritten text recognition, layout analysis and keyword spotting has been made. A service platform helps reveal European and international cultural heritage and search for centuries-old documents.

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Historical manuscripts are now searchable in the same way as contemporary documents.

READ, EU-funded project, has developed Transkribus, a service platform that automatically transcribes scanned handwritten documents in many languages including Arabic and Hebrew.  The character error rate is as low as 3.5 %. 

Transkribus is used by more than 14 000 users interested in historical archives.  This new technology already interests some European national archive institutions which are busy with their digitisation process.

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Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents
Project coordinator
Günter Mühlberger
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