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Antwerp Summer Academy in DH 2016

September 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Demystifying Digitisation: A Hands-On Master Class in Text Digitisation

This two-day workshop will take place from 29 to 30 September 2016 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, preceding the DiXiT + ESTS 2016  conference hosted at the same location. It offers the perfect opportunity for the conference’s participants and other interested scholars to become better acquainted with some of the main concerns that need to be addressed at the outset of both mass- and ad hoc digitisation projects.

The core of the our programme exists of two half-day workshops on software packages that may help the researcher automate some aspects of the transcription process. The first will deal with ABBYY, still one of the best software packages around for OCRing digitised print materials. Focusing on the software’s possible advantages and pitfalls, this workshop will show the participants how to prepare their documents in order to achieve the best OCR results. The second workshop will introduce Transkribus, a software package that has recently made great advancements in optically recognising characters in handwritten materials.

The programme will be completed by 4 (interactive) sessions on related topics that will be organised around these workshops. Colleagues from the Ghent University Library will share their experience of taking part in the Google Books mass digitisation project to digitise their out-of-copyright books; Wout Dillen and Vincent Neyt and (UAntwerpen) will introduce the Manuscript Desk, a Virtual Research Environment for transcribing textual documents into TEI compliant XML, funded in the context of DARIAH-BE; Trudi Noordermeer (Antwerp University Library) will focus on issues related to developing a useful digitisation workflow; and Walter Scholger (Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Graz) will tell us what we are allowed to do with our digitised documents by focusing on Copyright issues and Internet Property Rights.

The entire program will be free of charge, but registration is required. The workshops are limited to 20 participants each, while the lectures will be opened up to the larger public. Participants are asked to bring their own corpus to the workshops, consisting of scans of both printed and handwritten materials. The workshops do not demand any prerequisite skills, but a basic knowledge of XML is considered a strong advantage. Places will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, but we will keep a number of places reserved for members of DHu.F. and DARIAH-BE. All sessions will be held in English. Since places are limited, early registration is highly recommended.

Call for Applications

To participate in the workshop, please fill in the application form by Wednesday 21 September. If you are ad­mitted to the works­hop, you will be noti­fied by email.


Universiteit Antwerpen / City Campus
Grote Kauwenberg 18, Building E, Room S.E. 201

2000 Antwerpen, BELGIUM

Organizing committee

Sally Chambers | Wout Dillen | Mike Kestemont | Trudi Noordermeer | Dirk van Hulle


mike.kestemont@uantwerpen.be (local organization)


Thursday 29 September
Time Event
10:00 – 11:00 Session 1: Digitising books with Google: the Ghent University library experience by Dries Moreels, Ghent University Library
11:00 – 12:00 ABBYY Workshop, Jesse de Does and Katrien Depuydt, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie (INL); part 1
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 ABBYY Workshop, Jesse de Does and Katrien Depuydt, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie (INL); part 2
17:00 – 18:00 Session 2: Introducing the Manuscript Desk by Wout Dillen and Vincent Neyt
18:00 – 19:00 Belgian Beer Reception in the Agora Kaffee

Friday 30 September
Time Event
09:00 – 11:00 Session 3:Designing digitization workflows by Trudi Noordermeer on d
11:00 – 12:00 Transkribus Workshop by Sebastian Colutto; part 1
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Transkribus Workshop by Sebastian Colutto; part 2
15:00 – 17:00 Session 4: Copyright Issues and IPR by Walter Scholger


September 29, 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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