Conference. What should be in your Digital Toolbox?

Author: Nikola Benin

Wikipedia: Wolpertinger – Rainer Zenz

10 October 2016, London, United Kingdom

This one-day event will showcase how innovative technology is being applied to the humanities and natural sciences.

The conference speakers will demonstrate how researchers, curators and enthusiasts can use digital tools to explore historical and scientific material in new ways.

An example is the EU-funded READ project, which seeks to unlock complex handwritten material in archival collections, to automatically index digital images of text, and to teach computers how to transcribe handwritten text. Cutting-edge transcription technology developed as part of the READ project will be demonstrated and discussed.

We are also delighted to welcome Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Humanities at University College London as keynote speaker.


9:30 – 10:00 Optional tour of Linnaean Collections 10:00 – 10:30 Registration & Tea 10:30 – 10:40 Welcome Elaine Charwat (Linnean Society) and Dr Louise Seaward (University College London) 10:40 – 12:30 Session 1 (Chair: Professor Philip Schofield, University College London) Professor Melissa Terras (University College London) If you teach a computer to READ: Transcribe Bentham, Transkribus, and Handwriting Technology Recognition Dr Günter Mühlberger (University of Innsbruck) Transkribus as a toolkit for text recognition, transcription and information extraction Professor Roger Labahn (University of Rostock) Key concepts of Handwritten Text Recognition 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 13:30-15:00 Session 2 (Chair: Dr Louise Seaward, University College London) Dr Ulrich Tiedau (University College London) Asymmetrical Encounters: A digital quantitative approach to the history of mentalities in Europe, 1800–2000 Dr Mia Ridge (The British Library) The Art of Work in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Professor James Loxley (University of Edinburgh) Lines of Enquiry: Reordering Edinburgh’s Literary History 15:00-15:30 Tea break 15:30-17:00 Session 3 (Chair: Elaine Charwat, Linnean Society) Dr Elspeth Haston (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) Automating label data capture from natural history specimens Jane Smith (Natural History Museum/Biodiversity Heritage Library) Unlocking biodiversity data @ the Biodiversity Heritage Library Dr Victoria Van Hyning (University of Oxford/Zooniverse) Metadata Extraction and Full Text Transcription on the Zooniverse Platform 17:00-17:10 Comfort break 17:10-17:30 Closing words 17:30-18:30 Reception




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