2 Participants and Timeline
Six teams participated in the last ICDAR2017 historical writer identification competition  and four in the ICDAR2017 Competition on the Classification of Medieval Handwriting in Latin Script . We expect the same number of participants, but hope that the more general direction towards visual image retrieval attracts more people than the pure writer identification community.
Jan 15 Homepage running, registration possible, link to ICDAR17 HistoricalWI Test data set for training (https://zenodo.org/record/854353)
Feb 28 Providing additional validation samples (UPDATE: see the announcement and link at the following URL)
Apr 15 Apr 21: Providing evaluation test set
Apr 25 May 2: Deadline for submitting the results