HANDS-ON SESSION MONK
PRIZE PAPERS & HANDWRITING RECOGNITION
HANDS-ON SESSION MONK POSTHUMUS NIJMWEGEN
In this hands-on session we will work with the so-called 'interrogations' of the digitized Prize papers. The Prize papers are a vast and valuable collection of judicial documents, private and official letters, shipping lists, and ledgers covering the period between 1652 and 1815. The 'interrogations' provide detailed information on ships, crew members, and cargo. Our session today shows how handwriting recognition services such as MONK can help to make collection such as the digitized Prize papers searchable.
1. Choose your login
3. Exercise I - (try to transcribe 10 or more lines)
Aim of this exercise is to get acquainted with MONK's word labelling mechanism. Keep the CTRL button pressed on the keyboard, and then use the mouse to segment words by adding multiple bars. Don't forget to place the last bar after the last word in a line. Basically you can't do anything wrong, so just try and play with it.
Some transcription rules:
- Don't label what you can't read!
- Label what you see, even if the spelling is wrong!
4. Exercise II: Train with hitlists
MONK actively learns from user input. As soon as a word has been labeled several times, MONK starts looking for similarly looking word shapes. Words in green boxes have been labelled already. Words in red boxes can be labelled by you. If you spot other words in red boxes you can also label them.
If you need additional examples check out one of these: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=TrainedWords&annot=all&sortopt=sorted_name&sortorder=normal&trainedwordmethod=Workshop&db=99900001&dispmode=quick&prefix=&begin=0