The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks

« Machine-learning project will analyse 1,000 years of maps and manuscripts from the floating city’s golden age.
(…) Although the previous decade has seen many digital-humanities projects that scan, annotate and index manuscripts, this one stands out because of its ambitious scale and the new technologies it hopes to use: from state-of-the-art scanners that could even read unopened books, to adaptable algorithms that will turn handwritten documents into digital, searchable text. (…) »