Following the approval of the DFG-Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” Universität Hamburg invites applications for 55 new positions for research associates. The initial fixed term is three years.
A new project, In Codice Ratio, "uses a combination of artificial intelligence and optical-character-recognition (OCR) software to scour" texts from the Vatican Secret Archive and "make their transcripts available for the very first time."
Source: Sam Kean, The Atlantic, April 30, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/vatican-secret-archives-artificial-...
The British Library has announced "a collaborative transcription project to support state-of-the-art research in automatic handwritten text recognition for historical Arabic texts." (Nora McGregor, "The Ground Truth: Transcribing historical Arabic Scientific Manuscripts for OCR research," British Library Digital Scholarship Blog, March 12, 2018, http://blogs.bl.uk/digital-scholarship/2018/03/arabic-handwri