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Making a Modern Archive blog documents the process of implementing the technologies developed in the READ project to the National Archive of Finland’s digital infrastructure.

Making a Modern Archive

Making a Modern Archive received funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project aims to implement the technologies developed in the READ project into The National Archive’s digital infrastructure, and to create a sustainable workflow for handwritten text recognition in the National Archive.

The project’s objective is also to process the registration records of the renovated court records from the 19th century into a computed readable form. After this, the registration records will be keyword searchable in the National Archive’s new user interface.


READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents) is an e-infrastructure project that is a part of European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project is a collaboration between 14 European archives, universities, and research institutes. READ project has developed a research platform, Transkribus, that enables, for an example, both diplomatic and commented transcription of digitized documents, layout analysis, key word spotting, and automated handwritten text recognition. The project is ending in June of 2019, but the support and development of Transkribus and its services will continue with READ-COOP, which will be a European Cooperative Service (SCE).