The University of Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow, in conjunction with the READ-COOP, are seeking a doctoral student for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award, “Adopting Transkribus in the National Library of Scotland: Understanding how Handwritten Text Recognition Will Change Management and Use of Digitised Manuscripts”. The project looks at how to embed Handwritten Text Written software into digitisation practices, whilst supporting users. It has been awarded funding by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) and will be supervised by Professor Melissa Terras (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Paul Gooding (Lecturer in Information Studies, University of Glasgow) and Dr Sarah Ames (Digital Scholarship Librarian, National Library of Scotland).
The studentship will commence on 1 October 2020. They warmly encourage applications from candidates with a background in digital humanities, information studies, library science, user experience and human computer interaction, history, manuscript studies, and/or palaeography. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a strong PhD student to explore their own research interests, while working closely with a major cultural heritage organisation, two world-leading universities, and the team behind Transkribus (https://transkribus.eu/Transkribus/), the machine learning platform for generating transcripts of historical manuscripts via Handwritten Text Recognition.
When not working remotely, the student will be based in the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures, at the George Square campus of the University of Edinburgh, but will also spend considerable time at the National Library of Scotland, and liaising with the Transkribus team (based at the University of Innsbruck).
The student stipend is approximately £15,285 per annum + tuition fees for 3.5 years. The award will include a number of training opportunities offered by SGSAH, including their Core Leadership Programme and additional funding to cover travel between partner organisations and related events. This studentship will also benefit from training, support, and networking from the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society, and the Edinburgh Futures Institute.
More info on the project details and application process: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CAG717/adopting-transkribus-in-the-national-library-of-scotland-ahrc-collaborative-award-sgsah-phd-studentship
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