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Historical Documents and Automatic Text Recognition: Introduction


With this special issue of the Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities (JDMDH), we bring together in one single volume several experiments, projects and reflections related to automatic text recognition applied to historical documents. More and more research projects1 now include automatic text acquisition in their data processing chain, and this is true not only for projects focussed on Digital or Computational Humanities but increasingly also for those that are simply using existing digital tools as the means to an end. The increasing use of this technology has led to an automation of tasks that affects the role of the researcher in the textual production process. This new data-intensive practice makes it urgent to collect and harmonise the corpora necessary for the constitution of training sets, but also to make them available for exploitation. This special issue is therefore an opportunity to present articles combining philological and technical questions to make a scientific assessment of the use of automatic text recognition for ancient documents, its results, its contributions and the new practices induced by its use in the process of editing and exploring texts. We hope that practical aspects will be questioned on this occasion, while raising methodological challenges and its impact on research data. The special issue on Automatic Text Recognition (ATR) is therefore dedicated to providing a comprehensive overview of the use of ATR in the humanities field, particularly concerning historical documents in the early 2020s. This issue presents a fusion of engineering and philological aspects, catering to both beginners and experienced users interested in launching projects with ATR. The collection encompasses a diverse array of approaches, covering topics such as data creation or collection for training generic models, reaching specific objectives, technical and HTR machine architecture, segmentation methods, and image processing.
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Ariane Pinche, Peter Anthony Stokes. Historical Documents and Automatic Text Recognition: Introduction. Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, 2024, Historical Documents and Automatic Text Recognition:, Historical Documents and automatic text recognition, ⟨10.46298/jdmdh.13247⟩. ⟨hal-04508874⟩
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