FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Seidl Markus, Bakk.
FH St. Pölten
Fachgebiet: Digital Heritage
Was ist es: Lower Austria’s monasteries have extensive collections of medieval manuscripts. Better understanding about who wrote these manuscripts would give valuable insight into the functioning of medieval monasteries in Austria. However, there is no information about the number of scribes employed and whether they moved around between monasteries. A way to determine that is by analysing the handwriting.
This is a lengthy and time-consuming process and carries the risk of being biased, since it is based on subjective impressions of individual experts. First approaches to support the identification of individual medieval handwriting using Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning) exist, but are not suitable for large collections.
We will present our interdisciplinary project involving historians and computer scientists which aims at developing time efficient identification of scribes for large corpora. It employs an active machine learning approach that specifically involves human experts to support the machine learning.