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Library of Congress Crowdsourcing Transcription Project

LOCCrowdThe Library of Congress (LOC) recently launched a new transcription initiative and they are looking for help - from you and your community. The project is called Crowd and the LOC is using the power of crowdsourcing to improve access to their digitized collection of primary sources.

The five collections or campaigns that volunteers can help with are Clara Barton: "Angel of the Battlefield," Letters to Lincoln, Civil War Soldiers: Disabled but not disheartened," Branch Rickey: Changing the Game, and Mary Church Terrell: Advocate for African Americans and Women.

When I looked today (November 1), the Diaries and Journals, 1849 for Clara Barton are almost complete and the project is only a week old! The transcriptions are all made and reviewed by volunteers before being returned to the Library's catalog.

While I didn't try my hand at transcription, I did capture an image of what the transcription page looks like. If you're good at LOCCrowd2jpgdeciphering handwriting and want to help make these important resources more accessible to everyone, I encourage you to join in. Volunteers can register for an account that allows you to tag items and review transcriptions. An account is not needed to transcribe documents.

The LOC is very encouraging, too. In the transcription window, it says "Go ahead, start typing. You got this!" Now to find the time to help...

I first saw this project in the October 19 issue of AL Direct and forgot about it until today. Thanks to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for reminding me of this project (and giving me a topic to write about!)



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