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Machine Reading Medieval Latin Texts: the UCL/Toronto Transkribus model

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This event marks the launch of the UCL/Toronto Transkribus model for automated, accurate machine-reading of medieval Latin texts.

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Teams from the Bentham Project, University College London, and the DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set) project, University of Toronto, have collaborated to develop a publicly-available and free-to-use model, available through the Transkribus platform, for the accurate machine-reading of medieval Latin texts.

In a Zoom webinar taking place at 13.00-15.00 EST / 18.00-20.00 GMT on Wednesday 3 March 2021, scholars from the Bentham Project and DEEDS will give accounts of their work and the Transkribus platform and demonstrate the results achieved with the new model. The model will be officially launched and made available for general use via Transkribus.

Professor Michael Gervers will speak about DEEDS and Dr Tim Causer about the Bentham Project and Transkribus, while the collaboration will be explained and the model demonstrated by Dr Chris Riley, Hannah Lloyd, and Dr Ariella Elema. Professor Philip Schofield will Chair. The Zoom webinar link will be sent to you from two weeks prior to the event.

The collaboration, and this event, have been generously supported by the University College London–University of Toronto Call for Joint Research Projects and Exchange Activities.

A detailed training session for those interested in using the new model and the Transkribus platform will be held at 13.00–15.00 EST /18.00–20.00 GMT on Wednesday 10 March 2021. Please visit the separate Eventbrite page to register.

For any queries about registration for the events, please contact Tim Causer (t dot causer@ucl.ac.uk)

Image credit: Christ Church MS Archives D&C vi.c.1, Special Collections at Christ Church, Oxford. © The Governing Body of Christ Church, Oxford

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