Duration: 1 February 2017 to 30 June 2019
Supported by: under reference 674943

The overall objective of READ is to implement a Virtual Research Environment where archivists, humanities scholars, computer scientists and volunteers are collaborating 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 for sustaining the network and the technology in the future. This ICT based e-infrastructure will address the Societal Challenge mentioned in Europe in a Changing World namely the “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 hertitage.

More information: https://read.transkribus.eu/


  • University of Innsbruck (co-ordinator / Austria)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • University College London (United Kingdom)
  • National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Greece)
  • Democritus University of Thrace (Greece)
  • University of London Computer Centre (United Kingdom)
  • Technical University Vienna (Austria)
  • University of Rostock (Germany)
  • Leipzig University (Germany)
  • Xerox Research Centre Europe (France)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • National Archives Finland (Finland)
  • Zurich State Archives (Switzerland)
  • Passau Diocesan Archives (Germany)