The Humanities nerds are transforming into real techie geeks, but perhaps it was only a matter of time until they, too, had harnessed the latest technological trends in their scholarly endeavours. Scripto, an open source crowd sourcing tool, was developed to facilitate the online transcription of historical archives. In clear terms – the initiative allows interested members of the public to help transcribe historical documents, and contribute to the creation of a large ‘digital’ archive that would be open to all, and not merely to a small number of academics with access privileges.
Scripto is being developed by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University (USA) with the financial support of the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications & Records Commission. Sharon Leon is the Director of the project on the CHNM side.