Join us for a focus group on Handwritten Text Recognition technology on 23 July

By Kris Grint, on 10 July 2014

We are looking for volunteers to attend a focus group to discuss the development of handwritten text recognition (HTR) software for UCL’s Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing project.

In 2013, Transcribe Bentham joined the EU-funded research project tranScriptorium to investigate the potential application of HTR software to Bentham’s manuscripts, specifically within a crowdsourcing setting. This technology is now being integrated into a version of the Transcribe Bentham platform, and we are seeking participants for a small focus group to discuss this development. For a more in-depth look at the technology behind tranScriptorium, please see Professor Philip Schofield’s Guide for the Humanist.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 23 July at 1pm at UCL’s main campus in Bloomsbury. It will last about 1 hour. There is no payment for participating in the focus group, but a sandwich lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending the focus group, or would like more details, please email Dr Kris Grint (k.grint@ucl.ac.uk) and include the following information:

– Name
– Institution (if applicable)
– Any dietary requirements

It would also be helpful if you could state whether you have any previous experience with Transcribe Bentham (e.g. you have visited the website or transcribed a manuscript). Please note it is not a prerequisite that members of the focus group have any previous experience.