READ: January 2016 to June 2019; topic: EINFRA-9-2015 - e-Infrastructures for virtual research environments (VRE)

Coordinator: University of Innsbruck, Austria

Project members are: University College London, National Center for Scientific Research "Demogritos", Technische Universität Wien, University of London, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Rostock, University of Leipzig, Swiss Directorate for Justice and Home Affairs


The overall objective of READ is to implement a Virtual Research Environment where archivists, humanities scholars, computer scientists and volunteers collaborate with the ultimate goal of boosting research, innovation, development and usage of cutting edge technology for the automated recognition, transcription, indexing and enrichment of handwritten archival documents. This Virtual Research Environment will not be built from the ground up, but will benefit from research, tools, data and resources generated in multiple national and EU funded research and development projects and provide a basis to sustain the network and technology in the future. This ICT based infrastructure will address the European Societal Challenge"transmission of European cultural heritage"" and the ""uses of the past"" as one of the core requirements of a reflective society.
Based on research and innovation enabled by the READ Virtual Research Environment we will be able to explore and access hundreds of kilometres of archival documents via full-text search and therefore be able to open up one of the
last hidden treasures of Europe's rich cultural heritage."

XRCE contact: Herve Déjean

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