"Spotlight on: Scripto: Open source crowdsourcing for libraries and archives"
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 In clear terms – the initiative allows interested members of the public to help transcribe historical documents, and contribute to the creation of a large ‘digital’ archive that would be open to all, and not merely to a small number of academics with access privileges.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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.