Taking actions for cultural heritage

Our mission

Our cultural heritage takes different forms : archaeological sites, ancient manuscripts, archives, books, letters. These written vestiges of our individual or common past are an amazing heritage, but often difficult to access. Their preservation and study are key stakes of our century. The objective of Calfa regarding cultural heritage is to help professionals to manage and enhance these documents, in order to make them accessible to the general public and available to the researchers. Our team combines the latest technologies with humanities to support the heritage. We especially work on rare and old languages, whose rich heritage could be forgotten or disappear without digitization efforts.


The projects we run

In Venice, to digitize Mekhitarists' letters archives

For centuries, the Mekhitarist Fathers of Venice have been spearheading intellectual discussions throughout the world, as scholars and publishers, from their island of San Lazzaro. The extensive correspondence from the congregation, dealing with subject such as political history or the Armenian diaspora, constitutes original unpublished testimonies of the major transformations of recent history. To facilitate its study for both the Mekhitarist Fathers and other researchers, full text recognition was achieved for more than 6,000 pages from this correspondence, dating from 1750 to 1900, thanks to Calfa OCR models, purposefully developed to that end.

A free OCR to support researchers and individuals

Calfa offers free OCR shots for PhD-students, researchers or private individuals who need the transcription of a document for their work. The objective is to save the time of a manual transcription. The text detection is offered covered by Calfa, on request, for a fair use and within the page limit.

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