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Exploring Manuscript Textual Variability With Digital Tools: Introduction

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As mentioned in last week’s post, one of the goals of OpenITI over the coming months and years is to develop new ways of exploring textual variability in the manuscript tradition using the affordances of digital tools and platforms. One of the distinguishing features of texts in Islamicate manuscript cultures…

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Digital Islamicate Paleography and Codicology Summer School

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Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (Roshan Institute-UMD) is offering a free, stipend-supported twelve-week online summer course on digital Islamicate paleography and codicology. This course is part of the “Unsupervised Islamicate Manuscript Transcription via Lacunae Reconstruction” project, funded by a National Science Foundation grant to Roshan-UMD and the University of California, San Diego…

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Using eScriptorium for Manuscript Transcription

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There are any number of reasons a researcher might want to transcribe a digitized manuscript, and there are now a number of tools available to help one in doing so. Transcribing Arabic-script manuscripts poses certain challenges right from the get-go, regardless of whether one is operating in a digital environment or not. Deciphering difficult handwriting, reconstructing lacunae caused by loss of material, navigating manuscripts with text running…

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Challenges of Layout Analysis across Arabic-Script Training Data

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Layout Analysis is the process of identifying regions (e.g., title, body text, footnotes, etc.) on a page of text before sending it through the OCR engine. Preparing documents to train our OCR models involves several distinct steps, including semantic annotation, fixing segmentation errors, and editing faulty transcriptions. eScriptorium allows users to associate specific labels with regions…

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