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This dataset comprises 74 digitised images (TIFF files) drawn from a selection of early printed Bengali books (1713-1914) digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project (https://www.bl.uk/projects/two-centuries-of-indian-print). Also contained are ground truth transcriptions (XML) for each page that can be used for training optical character recognition software on historical Bengali printed text. The folder contains images and ground truth used to train Transkribus. The images are out of copyright and the transcriptions are also public domain.
The Transkribus .ZIP file is 1.10 GB and contains 74 high resolution (400dpi) images in TIFF format along with transcriptions in ALTO XML. Shelfmarks are used for all file names. This work was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Newton Fund and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.