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Emilio Granell, Carlos D. Martínez-Hinarejos. A Multimodal Crowdsourcing Framework for Transcribing Historical Handwritten Documents. Proceedings of the 16th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2016), 2016. pp. 157-163.

Transcription of handwritten historical documents is one of the main topics in document analysis systems, due to cultural reasons. State-of-the-art handwritten text recognition systems allow to speed up the transcription task. Currently, this automatic transcription is far from perfect, and human expert revision is required in order to obtain the actual transcription. In this context, crowdsourcing emerged as a powerful tool for massive transcription at a relatively low cost, since the supervision effort of professional transcribers may be dramatically reduced. However, current transcription crowdsourcing platforms are mainly limited to the use of non-mobile devices, since the use of keyboards in mobile devices is not friendly enough for most users. This work presents the alternative of using speech dictation of handwritten text lines as transcription source in a crowdsourcing platform. The experiments explore how an initial handwritten text recognition hypothesis can be improved by using the contribution of speech recognition from several speakers, providing as a final result a better hypothesis to be amended by a professional transcriber with less effort.