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Title: Digitisation Processing and Recognition of Old Greek Manuscipts (the D-SCRIBE Project)
Authors: Perantonis, Stavros
Gatos, Basilis
Ntzios, Konstantinos
Pratikakis, Ioannis
Vrettaros, Ioannis
Drigas, Athanasios
Emmanouilidis, Christos
Kesidis, Anastasios
Kalomirakis, Dimitrios
Keywords: Handwriting Recognition
Character Recognition
Feature Extraction
Historical Document Recognition
Old Manuscript Recognition
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Institute of Information Theories and Applications FOI ITHEA
Abstract: After many years of scholar study, manuscript collections continue to be an important source of novel information for scholars, concerning both the history of earlier times as well as the development of cultural documentation over the centuries. D-SCRIBE project aims to support and facilitate current and future efforts in manuscript digitization and processing. It strives toward the creation of a comprehensive software product, which can assist the content holders in turning an archive of manuscripts into a digital collection using automated methods. In this paper, we focus on the problem of recognizing early Christian Greek manuscripts. We propose a novel digital image binarization scheme for low quality historical documents allowing further content exploitation in an efficient way. Based on the existence of closed cavity regions in the majority of characters and character ligatures in these scripts, we propose a novel, segmentation-free, fast and efficient technique that assists the recognition procedure by tracing and recognizing the most frequently appearing characters or character ligatures.
ISSN: 1313-0463
Appears in Collections:Volume 11 Number 3

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