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The Evolution of Venice

There are multiple technical challenges associated with converting this unique and vast cultural heritage into a digital archive. An optimal workflow must be established for the accurate text recognition of millions of manuscripts. Mass digitization not only requires the systematic scanning of ancient manuscripts, but also the automatic processing of different hand-writing styles, as well as the analysis of Latin and several other languages as they evolve through time. The following videos give an overview of these challenges.

Frederic Kaplan – TED Talk

General Introduction

Mass digitization

Automatic recognition of hand-written document

Information extraction

Reconstructing Venices from the past