September 19, 2014

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Crowdsources the Transcription of University Yearbooks

From The Daily Nebraskan: The transcription is part of a campaign started Feb. 2 to use online volunteers to transcribe all of the university’s yearbooks back to 1884. The idea is that lots of anonymous volunteers doing small amounts of transcribing will be much more accurate than a scanning machine. [Clip] The University Libraries has […]

Unglue.it Unglues Its First Book, “Oral Literature in Africa” Will Be Released as CC License Ebook Soon

Congrats to Eric Hellman and the Unglue.it team on their first ungluing. From a News Release: Two hundred and fifty-nine supporters pledged a total of $7,578 to a campaign to “unglue” Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 classic, “Oral Literature in Africa”. The campaign, which lasted 33 days, topped the campaign’s target at 12:30AM EDT on June 20 […]

Library and Archives Canada Completes Its Crowdsourcing Photography Digitization Pilot Project

From LAC: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) would like to thank those who took part in the digital photography pilot project, Crowdsourcing Digitization. Fifteen people participated in this pilot and provided us with 20,000 images from LAC holdings which have been made available online. [Clip] Although this phase of the project has now ended, LAC […]

Crowdsourcing: NYS Museum Volunteers Digitize World War II Soldier Data, Access Database Online

From the Troy Record: When 28,969 New York National Guard soldiers mobilized in the fall of 1940 as the United States prepared for war, clerks filled out six-by-four inch cards on each individual. Now, thanks to a team of 15 volunteers, those records — listing names, serial number, home and unit, and later annotated with […]

New from NARA: Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project

From a NARAtions Blog Post: As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project.  By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public. The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th […]

NARA Launches "Citizen Archivist Dashboard"

Direct to Citizen Archivist Dashboard From a Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive?  Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents.  I have transcribed one myself! Recognize […]

New Article: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription

The following article appears in the latest issue of Research Library Issues (Number 277) published by the Association of Research Libraries. Title: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription Authors: Nicole Saylor (Head, Digital Library Services, University of Iowa Libraries) Jen Wolfe (Metadata Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries) From the Introduction: Crowdsourcing—soliciting the public’s help […]

NARA Plans to Launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard Next Month

From NextGov: The National Archives and Records Administration plans to launch in December an online Citizen Archivist Dashboard through which volunteers can tag, transcribe and write articles about scanned NARA documents, said Pamela Wright, the agency’s chief digital access strategist. NARA initially will put up about 300 documents for transcription, Wright said Friday before a […]