ICFHR2016 Competition on Handwritten Text Recognition on the READ Dataset (HTR Competition 2016)
Handwritten Text Recognition of Historical documents
This is the dataset used in the Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) contest on the READ dataset that was held in the context of the International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition 2016. This contest aimed to bring together researchers working on off-line HTR and provide them a suitable benchmark to compare their techniques on the task of transcribing typical historical handwritten documents. Two tracks with different conditions on the use of training data were proposed. The handwritten images for this contest were drawn from the German document Ratsprotokolle collection composed of minutes of the council meetings held from 1470 to 1805, used in the READ project. The selected dataset has been written by several hands and entails significant variabilities and difficulties.