Kurt Luther Creates Open Source Transcription Software with NEH Funding
September 27, 2019
Kurt Luther has developed an open-source transcription software used to digitize surveys and memos from American soldiers in World War II. This was done as part of a project lead by Edward Gitre in attempts to transcribe over 65,000 documents and make them available for public use.
Luther is also working alongside other data scientists at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia to explore algorithmic approaches to derive the best data from what will total 195,000 transcriptions.
The implementation grant provides funds for the extraction of survey data from out-of-date computer files, completion of the transcription efforts, and creation of a professional open-access website that will be designed by the digital development agency Cast Iron Coding. Together, these efforts will reconstruct an immense portrait of the U.S. Army during World War II.