Artificial Intelligence and the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Atlantic Magazine has a really interesting story …Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives

this is pretty fascinating on many levels … Sam Kean’s Atlantic article says this about the new project:

Known as In Codice Ratio, it uses a combination of artificial intelligence and optical-character-recognition (OCR) software to scour these neglected texts and make their transcripts available for the very first time.

Check it out … maybe some old puzzles will be solved. Certainly, it will provide material for scholars and Hollywood  film makers for a long time. 🙂

 

Codice Ratio states:

The project concentrates on the collections of the Vatican Secret Archives, one of the largest and most important historical archive in the world. In an extension of 85 kilometres of shelving, it maintains more than 600 archival collections containing historical documents on the Vatican activities, such as, all the acts promulgated by the Vatican, account books, correspondence of the popes, starting from the eighth century.

and lists the following publications on the project :

  • Donatella Firmani, Paolo Merialdo, Marco Maiorino, Elena Nieddu: Towards Knowledge Discovery from the Vatican Secret Archives. In Codice Ratio-Episode 1: Machine Transcription of the Manuscripts Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD2018) (2018)

  • Donatella Firmani, Paolo Merialdo, Marco Maiorino, Elena Nieddu: Towards Knowledge Discovery from the Vatican Secret Archives. In Codice Ratio-Episode 1: Machine Transcription of the Manuscripts arXiv:1803.03200

  • Donatella Firmani, Paolo Merialdo, Marco Maiorino: In Codice Ratio: Scalable Transcription of Vatican Registers. ERCIM News 2017(111) (2017)

  • Serena Ammirati, Donatella Firmani, Marco Maiorino, Paolo Merialdo, Elena Nieddu and Andrea Rossi. In Codice Ratio: Scalable Transcription of Historical Handwritten Documents. 25th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems, SEBD 2017 (2017) – PDF

  • Donatella Firmani, Paolo Merialdo, Elena Nieddu and Simone Scardapane. In Codice Ratio: OCR of Handwritten Latin Documents using Deep Convolutional Networks. 11th Italian Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage (2017) – PDF

 

 

 

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