A second conference from the project HIMANIS (Historical Manuscripts for user-controlled Search), about handwriting recognition by computers of the ancient writings, is held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Archives Nationales (Paris site – Hôtel de Soubise, chambre du Prince).
Since 2015, the Archives Nationales became an associated partner with the IRHT-led HIMANIS (Historical Manuscripts for User-controlled Search) research project, which goals were to study the records of the French Royal Chancery of the 14th and 15th centuries. The major technological challenge was to carry out computer recognition of medieval writing that was sufficiently reliable to provide the community with a full-text search engine of the registers, many of which were not yet covered by inventories or index. A web interface, combining access to images, transcripts and archival analyzes, has also been developed.
This experiment results, very positive, raise various methodological questions. Could we transfer such technology to other manuscripts or archival funds? What skills are needed internally and which partners do you need? Should other technologies, such as TEI or IIIF, must be integrated into the archival resources publishing tools? Does offering a full-text search engine in archival documents have consequences on the form and content of our research instruments? This conference will try to shed light on the HIMANIS project experiments.
Hôtel de Soubise
60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Date and Time: 29 may 2018 from 9:30 to 16:30
Free mandatory registration (subject to availability): https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-journee-conclusive-du-projet-himanis-45728417929?utm_term=eventurl_text
French version and more details here: https://www.irht.cnrs.fr/?q=fr/agenda/reconnaissance-par-ordinateur-des-ecritures-anciennes-le-projet-himanis