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Transkribus for researchers at UZH

What is Transkribus?

Transkribus is an AI-powered platform for text recognition, transcription, and searching in historical documents.  

How can researchers at UZH use Transkribus?

The ZDE is currently testing the suitability of an organizational subscription for UZH members. If you have a need for Transkribus credits in your research project, please feel free to get in touch with us. 

Regardless, anyone can register with Transkribus and receive a free starting credit of 500 credits. With this credit, you can process 500 handwritten pages or 3000 printed pages. More information can be found here: Transkribus Credits & Pricing - READ-COOP (

Transkribus Scholarship Program for Educators and Students

The program is open to students and educators from all fields of study and disciplines. Under this global program, free credits for handwriting text recognition technology in Transkribus can be requested. Transkribus scholarships are awarded on a project basis, meaning students must apply with a specific project in mind for which they intend to use the scholarship funds. 

You can apply for a Transkribus Scholarship here.

Alternatives to Transkribus

Alternative free programs include OCR4All and eScriptorium

Guidance and Explanations

Here you will find a video introduction to the Transkribus Web App.

You can find a helpful overview of using Transkribus on the project's website Digital Edition Creation Pipelines: Tools and Transitions at the Center for Information Modeling at the University of Graz.