Transcribing historical documents with Transkribus: two hands-on workshops, 21 September 2018, Ghent

Transkribus is a free and open platform for automated recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents, using Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The aim of these workshops is to offer 2 x three hour hands-on training sessions using Transkribus. They will be delivered by Dr. Louise Seaward (University College London) who has worked on both the Transcribe Bentham Project and now on the EU-funded READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents) project. 

These workshop are aimed at scholars who are involved in the transcription and editing of historical documents. Transkribus already has promising results, as the Huygens ING has already reached a 98% recognition-rate on printed texts from the 17th and 18th century. Hence our aim to offer some necessary first training to get to grips with the platform and the technology to be able to use and to apply it in our own research. 

These workshops are being organised by Annemieke Romein (NWO-Rubicon post-doctoral researcher, Ghent University/Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Nina Lamal (FWO post-doctoral researcher, University of Antwerp).


Programme, Friday 21 September, 2018

Workshop 1 (09:00 - 12:00) and Workshop 2 (13:00-16:00)

  • Welcome and introduction - by Dr. C.A. Romein (Ghent University) and Dr. Nina Lamal (University of Antwerp)
  • Introduction to Transkribus – by Dr. Louise Seaward (University College London)
  • Coffee break
  • Practical exercises with Transkribus – by Dr. Louise Seaward  (University College London)
  • Questions 
  • Reception (after workshop 2 only)


Practical Information 

The workshops will take place in the Ghent University, Campus Boekentoren,  Jozefplateaustraat 22, Ghent (the exact details about the room will be provided in due course).  The same content will be offered in workshop 1 and workshop 2. Do remember: you will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop.


Participation is not limited to a specific university. Registration is free but please register by sending an email to: Please let us know whether you prefer to participate in the morning (Workshop 1) or afternoon session (Workshop 2). 

Please note that the number of participants is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order of arrival. We will work with a waiting list and if there is enough interest, we will look into the possibility of organising another workshop.