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The recent uptake of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) in libraries, archives, and other memory institutions has the potential to change access to the written past, at scale. What scale of work using Transkribus (one HTR software) is occurring at institutions? How are the products produced from this work being used? To what degree do institutions feel that the use of Transkribus can be extended? We invite you to take part in a survey that will help us document the changes the use of HTR is making to the information environment, while also thinking of how best to develop Transkribus in a way which meets the need of heritage institutions. The survey should take 10 minutes to complete, and we are particularly interested in responses from those working with Transkribus in institutional settings.

Further Information

This project, part of a Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) funded PhD, aims to identify how to incorporate the use of HTR at scale, working in collaboration with in the National Library of Scotland (NLS). To pursue this, finding the best practices that have already been established by similar memory institutions using HTR is a must – presenting a roadmap for using automated transcription and unlocking its potential in making collections searchable and readable to users. This survey asks what scale of work using Transkribus (one HTR software) is occurring at institutions, how the products produced from this work are being used and to what degree institutions feel that Transkribus can be broadened further.

This survey, among other data collection activities, will inform the future deployment of Transkribus at the NLS in institutions to best benefit user communities, retrieval activities and digitisation efforts.