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Transcribe Kurrent Script with Transkribus

Transkribus helps you to translate old letters, documents and chronicles from Kurrent into readable text. The Transkribus software enables you to automatically transcribe Kurrent with the help of AI.

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How Transkribus helps you to translate Kurrent, Sütterlin, Fraktur or Antiqua to text

Decipher Kurrent with AI-powered Text Recognition

Automatically recognize your Kurrent documents and turn them into normal text. Transkribus helps you to convert Kurrent, Sütterlin and Fraktur Script from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century. There are a number of publicly available artificial intelligence models you can use.

Manually transcribe and correct automatic translations

With the transcription editor you can manually transcribe Kurrent Script or you can correct transcription errors from the automatic transcription. The results of the automatic transcription can vary depending on the handwriting and the quality of the material.

Train your own AI text recognition models

You can also train specific text recognition models that are capable of recognising exactly the handwriting of your material

Search your Kurrent documents

With Transkribus you can search your documents for names and keyowords and you have also more advanced search options

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How Transkribus works

Transkribus is a software that uses artificial intelligence to “learn” how to read Kurrent Script. For this, the software first needed to be trained with a number of pages that have been manually transcribed. This so called “Ground Truth” enables Transkribus to understand and read Kurrent Script.

The model “German Giant” for instance was trained with more than 15 Million words from many different handwritings. You can use this and other pretrained AI models to automatically recognize your KurrentSütterlin or Fraktur documents and convert them into normal text. 

If you are able and willing to transcribe about 50 pages by yourself, you can also train a custom AI model. Your own model is then able recognize excactly the handwriting that you are working with. 

About Kurrent

Kurrent was the dominant script from the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century in the German-speaking world. Not surprisingly, there are still millions of untapped historical documents written in Kurrent. With the help of Transkribus making a large number of Kurrent documents accessible to the general public [or also for private use] is today possible. By using one of the public models or a own model, thousands of Kurrent documents can be automatically converted into text.

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