HTREC 2022

Challenge Rules




1. Competition General Rules

  • This Challenge focuses on the post-correction of HTR transcribed text. So the submissions should come from models that perform this task and have as input transcribed text.
  • Participants are allowed at most 5 submissions per day.
  • Participants are welcome to form teams. Teams should submit their predictions under a single account.
  • Except for the data, we will also provide baselines to help you get started. We hope they are helpful; if you find any bugs, typos, or improvements, please send us a pull request.
  • This Challenge will be run in accordance with these Official Rules ("Rules").

2. Dataset

Participants can only use the dataset provided by the organizers for the scopes of this Challenge. Upon request, participants will be allowed to reproduce up to a total of five (5) images from the dataset per Participant, for research or academic publications in the scope of the HTREC Challenge given that they include attribution to this Challenge. At any time, Organizers may require the Participants to delete all copies of the dataset (in whole or in part) in Participants’ possession and control. Participants will promptly comply with any and all such requests. Participants are not allowed to:

  • modify, translate, or create any derivative works based upon the dataset;
  • distribute, copy, disclose, assign, sublicense, embed, host or otherwise transfer the dataset to any third party;
  • use the dataset in a pornographic, defamatory or other unlawful manner, or in violation of any applicable regulations or laws;
  • incorporate the dataset into any other program, dataset, or product;
  • use the dataset for any purpose other than what specified in this agreement.

3. Sponsors

The Competition is organized by the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), which is part of the Department of Humanities of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, referred to as “Organizers'' collectively from here on. Third parties may provide sponsorship to cover running costs, prizes and compute grants. These third parties will be known as “Sponsors”.

4. Organizers Admins

“Organizers Admins” are any companies or organizations authorized by Organizers to aid them with the administration, sponsorship or execution of this Challenge including but not limited to AICrowd SA.

5. Eligibility

You may enter this Challenge individually or as a team of two or more members ("Team"). You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you (and each member of your Team) meet all of the following requirements as of the time and date of entry:

- You are an individual;
- You are 16 years of age or older but in no event less than the age of majority in your place of residence; and
- You have internet access, an email account, and access to a personal computer.

The organizers will not be able to transfer prize money to accounts of participants who reside in any of the following countries or regions. (Please note that residents of these countries or regions are still allowed to participate in the Challenge, but no prize money will be available.) - The Crimea region of Ukraine - Cuba - Iran - North Korea - Sudan - Syria - Quebec, Canada - Brazil - Italy

Please Note: it is entirely your responsibility to review and understand your employer's and country's policies regarding your eligibility to participate in this Challenge. If you participate in violation of your employer's or country's policies, you and your entry may be disqualified from the Challenge. Organizers disclaim any and all liability or responsibility with respect to disputes arising between an employer and such employer's employee or between a country and its resident in relation to the Challenge.

6. Competition Start and End Dates

  • Start date: 1st May 2022, 11:59 AoE
  • End date: 1st July 2022, 11:59 AoE

7. Prizes

  • The winning team/participant will be invited to attend a workshop in Venice upon the completion of the Challenge, with all expenses covered.
  • To be eligible for the prize, participants will have to release the code to their solutions under an open-source license of their choice and submit a system description paper. The submitted code is expected to be reproducible and should produce the same score as on the leaderboard.
  • The winning participants will have to provide a valid and unexpired ID card or passport which AIcrowd will use only for the purpose of verifying the individual's identity in case of transferring cash and for internal record keeping.
  • Any and all prize(s) is(are) non transferable. All taxes, fees, and expenses associated with participation in the Challenge or receipt and use of a prize are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner(s). No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for AIcrowd to use the winner’s name and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law.
  • The participation of AIcrowd employees and its affiliates, parents, agents, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies and members of the immediate family (parents, children or siblings) of these employees or any person with whom they are domiciled, are permitted to participate in the Challenge but will not be eligible to win the prize.

8. Is the Entry an Eligible Entry?

To be eligible to be considered for a prize, as solely determined by the Organizers:

The Entry MUST:

  • be compatible with the official submission format;
  • be self-contained and function without a dependency on any external services and network access;
  • be in English;
  • be the Team’s own original work;
  • not have been submitted previously in any promotion of any kind;
  • not contain material or content that: is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, pornographic, hateful, tortious, defamatory, or slanderous or libelous; or promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age; or promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco; or violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to rights of privacy, publicity, or their intellectual property rights; or is inconsistent with the message, brand, or image of Organizers, is unlawful; or is in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction in which the Entry is created; and

The Team members MUST:

  • ensure the Team has obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for submission of the Entry;
  • obtain any consent necessary from all members of the Team with respect to the sharing of such member’s personal information as outlined herein;
  • obtain the agreement of all members of the Team to these Rules;
  • not generate the Entry by any means which violate these Rules, the Sponsor’s Terms of Service or the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy;
  • not engage in false, fraudulent, or deceptive acts at any phase during participation in the Challenge; and
  • not tamper or abuse any aspect of this Challenge.

9. Disqualification

If you, any Team member, or the Entry is found to be ineligible for any reason, including but not limited to conflicts within Teams and noncompliance with these Rules, Organizers and Organizers Affiliates reserve the right to disqualify the Entry and/or you and/or your Team members from this Challenge and any other contest or promotional activity sponsored or administered in any way by the Organizers. A participant is not allowed to create more than one account to participate in the Challenge. Violating this will result in disqualification from the Challenge. Participants should not attempt to get around the limited number of submissions during the test phase by entering several teams into the competition. Participants should only be associated with one Entry. If two teams have overlap in number of participants, or if the organizers deem two entries to be effectively similar modulo small changes, they reserve the right to disqualify both teams. If a participating team does not receive the Prizes for any of the above-mentioned reasons, the prizes will be offered to the next eligible team on the final leaderboard.

10. How may the Entry potentially be used?

The Entry may be used in a few different ways. Organizers do not claim to own your Team’s Entry, however, by submitting the Entry you and each member of your Team:

  • hereby grants to Organizers a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, world-wide right and license to review and analyze the Entry in relation to this Challenge;
  • hereby grants to Organizers a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, world-wide right and license to trajectory data generated from evaluation of the Entry, to be used in a report submitted to a conference after the competition has ended, and possibly released as an open-source dataset;
  • agrees that each member will execute any necessary paperwork for Organizers and Organizers Admins to use the rights and licenses granted hereunder;
  • acknowledges and agrees that the Team will not be compensated and may not be credited (at Organizer’s sole discretion) for the use of the Entry as described in these Rules;
  • acknowledges that the Organizers may have developed or commissioned materials similar to the Entry and waive any claims resulting from any similarities to the Entry;
  • understand and acknowledge that, subject to provision of Prizes,Organizers are not obligated to use the Entry in any way, even if the Entry is selected as a winning Entry.

Personal data you submit in relation to this Challenge will be used by Organizers in accordance with Section 12 of these Rules.

11. How will Winners be Selected and Notified?

The winners will be determined based on the scores that the submissions achieved on the evaluation set as they appear on the leaderboard. The winning team/participant will be the one with the highest scored submission.

12. Your Personal Data and Privacy

Organizers may use cookies and/or collect IP addresses for the purpose of implementing or exercising its rights or obligations under the Rules, for information purposes, identifying your location, including without limitation for the purpose of redirecting you to the appropriate geographic website, if applicable, or for any other lawful purpose in accordance with the AIcrowd Privacy Policy.

Organizers may use the personal data you provide via your participation in this Challenge: - to contact you in relation to the Challenge; - to confirm the details of your Entry; - to administer and execute this Challenge, including sharing it with Organizer Admins; - at Organizers’ discretion, to credit you and/or your Team for the Entry, identify you and/or your Team as a Winner, or other similar notice; and - as otherwise noted in these Rules or as necessary for Organizers to meet their obligations under these Rules or applicable law.

Organizers only require your name and email address to be submitted for you to participate in this Challenge for its uses as outlined in this Section. Please read the AIcrowd Terms and Conditions, Participation Terms carefully to understand how your data may be used by AIcrowd SA.

13. Additional Terms and Conditions

  • The organizer reserves the right to amend the Rules and timeline without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.
  • In case of conflicts, the decision of the Organizers will be final and binding.
  • Violation of the rules or other unfair activity may result in disqualification.
  • By participating in the Challenge, each Participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Challenge, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; and under no circumstances will a Participant be permitted to obtain any award for, and each Participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages.
  • If there is a conflict between these Official rules and the AIcrowd Terms of use, the Aicrowd Terms of use will govern.