Translating Handwritten Bushman Texts

Williams, Kyle and Suleman, Hussein (2010) Translating Handwritten Bushman Texts, Proceedings of ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2010, 21-25 June 2010, Gold Coast, Australia, ACM.

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The Bleek and Lloyd Collection is a collection of artefacts documenting the life and language of the Bushman people of southern Africa in the 19th century. Included in this collection is a handwritten dictionary that contains English words and their corresponding |xam Bushman language translations. This dictionary allows for the manual translation of |xam words that appear in the notebooks of the Bleek and Lloyd collection. This, however, is not practical due to the size of the dictionary, which contains over 14000 entries. To solve this problem a content-based image retrieval system was built that allows for the selection of a |xam word from a notebook and returns matching words from the dictionary. The system shows promise with some search keys returning relevant results.

Item Type: Conference paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information retrieval, cbir, cultural heritage preservation, digital libraries, handwritten manuscripts, image processing
Subjects: Information systems > Information retrieval
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:34

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