HANDS-ON SESSION MONK

PRIZE PAPERS & HANDWRITING RECOGNITION

HANDS-ON SESSION MONK POSTHUMUS NIJMWEGEN

Andreas Weber (UT) / Marti Huetink (Brill) / Lambert Schomaker (RUG)

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

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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:

  1. Don't label what you can't read!
  2. Label what you see, even if the spelling is wrong!


prize01: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0720-line-009-y1=935-y2=1055

prize02: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1583-line-003-y1=408-y2=535

prize03: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1898-line-001-y1=74-y2=622

prize04: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1390-line-011-y1=1678-y2=1857

prize05: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1799-line-003-y1=337-y2=458

prize06: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1362-line-006-y1=968-y2=1172

prize07: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1200-line-009-y1=616-y2=712

prize08: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0658-line-001-y1=61-y2=736

prize09: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0495-line-012-y1=1500-y2=1623

prize10: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0366-line-004-y1=536-y2=685

prize11: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0863-line-002-y1=643-y2=760

prize12: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0385-line-004-y1=457-y2=599

prize13: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0492-line-008-y1=1236-y2=1403

prize14: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1623-line-001-y1=50-y2=608

prize15: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0529-line-023-y1=1959-y2=2087

prize16: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0862-line-010-y1=1173-y2=1296

prize17: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1898-line-005-y1=991-y2=1155

prize18: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0297-line-001-y1=54-y2=589

prize19: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1269-line-009-y1=1542-y2=1703

prize20: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0275-line-003-y1=376-y2=553

prize21: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1774-line-002-y1=693-y2=861

prize22: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1395-line-001-y1=58-y2=637

prize23: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0886-line-012-y1=1096-y2=1226

prize24: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_0755-line-013-y1=1535-y2=1670

prize25: https://monk.hpc.rug.nl/cgi-bin/monkweb?cmd=labelrecogzones&pagemode=broken&db=99900001&linid=navis-PP_Part01_01_1695-line-006-y1=1204-y2=1375

prize26: tbd

prize27: tbd

prize28: tbd

prize29: tbd

prize30: tbd

Output (1)

This results in a clickable index!


Output (2)

... and a google for the Prize papers!


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.

Example: Account

prize01: Ammunition and anchor

prize02: answereth and attempted

prize03: Britannick and Board

prize04: Brief and been

prize05: Charles and Delaware

prize06: Eleventh and England

prize07: Eight and Families

prize08: Francois and Dunkirk

prize09: Freeman and Guns

prize10: Instruments and James

prize11: John and Lading

prize12: Mariner and November

prize13: Nantes and Ninth

prize14: Sloop and South

prize15: Saith and Sworn

prize16: Year and Zeeland

prize17: examinant and destroyed

prize18: goods and onboard

prize19: owners and part

prize20: thrown and thence

prize21: them and third

prize22: hired and one

prize23: day and France

prize24: commanded and called

prize25: attempted and West

prize26:

prize27:

prize28:

prize29:

prize30:


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