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Decryption of historical manuscripts: the DECRYPT project

Journal article
Authors Beáta Megyesi
Bernhard Esslinger
Alicia Fornés
Nils Kopal
Benedek Láng
George Lasry
Karl de Leeuw
Eva Pettersson
Arno Wacker
Michelle Waldispühl
Published in Cryptologia
ISSN 0161-1194
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Language en
Keywords automatic decryption, cipher collection, historical cryptology, image transcription
Subject categories Technology and culture, History, General Language Studies and Linguistics, Informatics, Image analysis, Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)


Many historians and linguists are working individually and in an uncoordinated fashion on the identification and decryption of historical ciphers. This is a time-consuming process as they often work without access to automatic methods and processes that can accelerate the decipherment. At the same time, computer scientists and cryptologists are developing algorithms to decrypt various cipher types without having access to a large number of original ciphertexts. In this paper, we describe the DECRYPT project aiming at the creation of resources and tools for historical cryptology by bringing the expertise of various disciplines together for collecting data, exchanging methods for faster progress to transcribe, decrypt and contextualize historical encrypted manuscripts. We present our goals and work-in progress of a general approach for analyzing historical encrypted manuscripts using standardized methods and a new set of state-of-the-art tools. We release the data and tools as open-source hoping that all mentioned disciplines would benefit and contribute to the research infrastructure of historical cryptology.

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