ChronSeg: Novel Dataset for Segmentation of Handwritten Historical Chronicles
13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (2021)
The segmentation of document images plays an important role in the process of making their content electronically accessible. This work focuses on the segmentation of historical handwritten documents, namely chronicles. We take image, text and background classes into account. For this goal, a new dataset is created mainly from chronicles provided by Porta fontium. In total, the dataset consists of 58 images of document pages and their precise annotations for text, image and graphic regions in PAGE format. The annotations are also provided at a pixel level. Further, we present a baseline evaluation using an approach based on a fully convolutional neural network. We also perform a series of experiments in order to identify the best method configuration. It includes a novel data augmentation method which creates artificial pages.