Digital Humanities

Transkribus & Crowdsourcing

I have contributed a 6-part series of short articles to a new FactMiners' Musings publication on Medium about my discovery and exploration of the wonderful Transkribus applied researchers at the University of Innsbruck and their amazing Big Vision for the TRP, the Transkribus Recognition Platform.

In addition to a basic introduction to these folks and their research, in the last piece in the series I frame their crowdsourcing transcription platform that supports historical handwritten document recognition (the hardest kind of OCR) as a Social Machine. Social Machines can be envisioned as part of an Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystem and should be explored as among the incubators for what "human work" will look like in the 21st Century.

FactMiners' Fact Cloud and Witmore's Text as Massively Addressable Object

I've just published a long-read, Deep Weedsy piece on entitled: "FactMiners' Fact Cloud and Witmore's Text as Massively Addressable Object". I welcome your reading and especially comments and questions.

My purpose in writing this article is two-fold:

  • As a backgrounder/profile -- a 'manifesto' of sorts -- that I hope Robert Miller of the Internet Archive will have a chance to read before we meet next week at #DPLAfest.