I am passing this link to an article in Euronews on from the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Before you get too excited, note that users may need to transcribe 75 pages manually to teach the algorithm how to recognize the handwriting and the software will be "commercially available," [i.e. for a charge] soon. Still, it is a very promising initiative.
"Transkribus System makes Breakthrough in Understanding Ancient Texts"
"The latest from Archive Journal is a Special Issue on Digital Medieval Manuscript Cultures. ... The issue contains six articles, all of which will be of interest to those engaged in similar digitization projects or research endeavors relating to medieval manuscripts and beyond."
Publication of interest:
Bridget Almas, Emad Khazraee, Matthew Thomas Miller, and Joshua Westgard, "Manuscript Study in Digital Spaces: The State of the Field and New Ways Forward," Digital Humanities Quarterly 12 no. 2 (2018), http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/12/2/000374/000374.html
DigiVatLib, ( digital Vatican Library) allows you to explore a selection of digitized materials from their vast catalogue.
Source: J. P. Mauro, "Vatican Library makes 15,000 manuscripts available online for free," Aleteia, June 2, 2018, https://aleteia.org/2018/06/02/vatican-library-makes-15000-manuscripts-available-online-fo...
To learn more:
Here is the link for the website of the Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano, created with the collaboration of fourteen national libraries in Latin America. Be careful! It is absorbing.