EnrichEuropeana+ (fully titled ‘Enriching Europeana through citizen science and artificial intelligence - unlocking the 19th century') aimed to enhance the Transcribathon Platform as a service for cultural heritage institutions.

Posted on Wednesday March 17, 2021

Updated on Tuesday May 16, 2023

1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023
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About the project

EnrichEuropeana+ built upon the results of the EnrichEuropeana project, which redesigned the Transcribathon platform created by the German company Facts&Files and launched in November 2016.

The project aimed to enhance the Transcribathon Platform as a service for cultural heritage institutions. For this, it created new tools based on innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to automate transcription and enrichment activities. The project developed and integrated services based on Handwritten Text Recognition technology built within the scope of the H2020 Project READ (2016-2019). It used natural language processing and big data technology to analyse transcriptions and their translations, providing support for semantic metadata enrichment, clustering and classification. The associated descriptive metadata was automatically translated into English. 

The project organised a crowdsourcing campaign to engage the public in enhancing the semantic and multilingual description of manuscripts related to historical events and societal transformations in Europe in the 19th century. In order to achieve this, the project aggregated new records to Europeana using existing national aggregation infrastructures. The crowdsourced enrichments will be submitted back to the original collections and ingested to Europeana.

The project highlighted the results of the campaigns through editorials including exhibitions and blog posts, created in collaboration with the Europeana Research and Education Communities. 

This project was a Europeana Generic Services project co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

Project partners

  1. Austrian Institute of Technology - Austria

  2. Stichting Europeana -  The Netherlands

  3. Facts & Files Historisches Forschungsinstitut Berlin Drauschke - Germany

  4. Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk - Poland

  5. Read-Coop SCE - Austria

  6. The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars and the other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin - Ireland

  7. Dublin City Council - Ireland

  8. Uniwersytet Wrocławski - Poland

  9. State Archives in Zagreb - Croatia

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