Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 462. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-02-15 15:12:21+00:00 From: Brett Bobley
Subject: A Research Agenda for Historical and Multilingual Optical Character Recognition Dear Colleagues, I write about a new report that may be of interest to scholars, librarians, computer and information scientists, and funders: "A Research Agenda for Historical and Multilingual Optical Character Recognition" https://ocr.northeastern.edu/report/ The report, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and authored by David Smith and Ryan Cordell of Northeastern University, outlines a set of nine recommendations to improve historical and multilingual OCR. The idea for this report came about several years ago when staff in the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) at the NEH noticed that a large number of ODH-funded projects working with textual materials were stymied or slowed by poor-quality OCR, particularly historical texts or those with non-Latin scripts. This observation led to discussions with grantees and with staff at both the Mellon Foundation and the Library of Congress. Because Mellon staff were already exploring ways to improve the OCR of digitized texts in Arabic and other connected scripts, and LC was seeking greater accuracy in the OCR of its large digitized collection of historical newspapers, we all agreed that a report was needed assessing the state of the art in OCR and identifying key research tasks that might help advance the quality of OCR for a variety of textual materials. The authors of the report interviewed scholars, librarians, and scientists in the US and abroad as well as people in industry. The report includes nine key recommendations that they'd like to see funders and the field address. I think addressing these recommendations, over time, could have a positive impact for the field. My team at the NEH is certainly keen to receive proposals in this area. Please see our recent blog post for more information: https://www.neh.gov/blog/neh- invites-proposals-respond-historical-and-multilingual-ocr-report Brett Bobley Director, Office of Digital Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities Washington, DC _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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