Digital Humanities: Processing and analysing images

Date: 3 - 7 September 2018

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus - Prinstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Short description: Antwerp Summer University: intensive and practice-oriented five-day course on cutting-edge image technologies in digital humanities.

Whereas the Digital Humanities have traditionally had a strong orientation towards texts, images have been rapidly gaining prominence in the field, due to recent improvements in both computer hardware and software. Research increasingly goes beyond the mere digitisation of cultural artifacts and is exploring new ways of:

  • opening up images to a larger audience through innovative protocols such as IIIF;
  • analysing image data through the use of advanced artificial intelligence;
  • understanding handwritten textual documents, whose contents have long remained inaccessible to computers.

This summer school offers an in-depth and hands-on curriculum to familiarise novice (digital) humanists with the state-of-the-art technologies that are nowadays available to researchers who take an active interest in ‘pixel-based’ artifacts in the Humanities. The tutorials will be given by established experts in their respective fields and will include the following topics:

  • the main descriptive mark-up protocols (including XML-TEI and ALTO-XML);
  • the IIIF protocol for making available images collection online (and its integration with content management platforms such as Omeka);
  • modern methods (neural networks) from computer vision to analyse (e.g. classify) images;
  • handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) as an alternative to Optical Character Recognition (e.g. the Transkribus platform).

No advanced computer knowledge is required, although students should have a recent laptop at their disposal (excluding so-called netbooks or tablets), running Windows, Mac OS X or a Linux distribution, with sufficient RAM (over 8GB).

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