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Do you have any criteria about the provenance of the handwriting samples?
I teach a linguistic anthropology course at Oberlin about Literacies. I
spend one week teaching them about SW and having them produce short texts -
we are having that class meeting later this month. These are hearing
students who generally know little about sign languages - I introduce them
to SW to help expand their notion of what can be written. Sometimes I ask
them to write a simple ASL sample, but sometimes I have them write
co-speech gestures. Would texts like these - produced by total novices, not
necessarily of a SL - be useful? Because if so, I'm happy to share the
batches I generate each time I teach this course. But I can imagine they
might not be what you're looking for :)
Best,
Erika


On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Fabrizio Borgia <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

> Dear All,
> I'd like to take a moment to explain the work of my team (UniversitÚ
> Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Computer Science Department - "Sapienza"
> University of Rome) in the latest few years.
> We are working at a *Optical Glyph Recogition* (OGR) engine for
> SignWriting.
>
> Well, OGR sounds very much like OCR (which is Optical Character
> Recognition) because they both share the same goal: *the conversion of
> images of text into characters*. In the OGR case, the characters are the
> glyphs.
> Apart from the goal, OGR and OCR have very little in common. The design
> and the implementation of our application is somewhat different from the
> standard OCR design, because we are facing different problems, and
> different datasets.
>
> We know that there's a huge amount of handwritten SW corpora, scattered
> around the world, and we believe that they carry an invaluable knowledge,
> both for the Deaf Community, and for the Research Community. Our goal is to
> make them digital, to *empower their diffusion*, and to *ensure a
> long-lasting existence* for them.
>
> After a very, very thorough design phase, we are developing the OGR
> application (and, in confidence, we are about halfway to go) and *soon we
> will release a footage showing our software in action*.
>
> To make our OGR stronger, we need to test it with diffrent datasets (SW
> texts, pages, etc.) we need your help, dear SW list!
> *We need any kind of handwritten SW texts, in any digital image format.
>
> *
> *Optionally, we'd like them to be:
> *
>
>    - *written in columns*
>    - *whithout any segmentation (annotation lines, squares, etc.) from
>    one sign to the following one
>    *
>
> Anyone can send us some material (even spare pages will DEFINITLEY do) or
> point us in the right direction?
> Thanks in advance for your time, from Rome!
>
> --
> Fabrizio Borgia, M.D.
>
> Ph.D. Student
> Sapienza - UniversitÓ di Roma
> UniversitÚ Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
>
> O&M SW Engineering Intern
> SERCO S.p.A.
>
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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College

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