22 July 2015
More news from
NARA ... last week
in two posts, One
Person Can Do So Much! Virtual Volunteering (NARA) and Do
You Have Suggestions for NARA’s Digitization Priorities? NARA
again in the news as it has opened an Innovation
The Innovation Hub is open. Located on the first floor of the National Archives building in
, the Hub has two sections: a meeting
area, and a citizen scanning room where researchers can scan our records with
state-of-the-art equipment at no cost as long as they also contribute a copy of
their digital scans for our online catalog... Washington, D.C.
We have planned transcription parties as well as hosting Wikipedian meetings as well.
Read all that AOTUS (Archivist of the
, David S. Ferriero)
has to say about this innovative
project. United States
The original concept as discussed in Open Government Plan, National Archives and Records Administration is ...
With a focus on agile development, the work will focus on exploring new ideas, developing proof-of-concept pilots and web applications as well as furthering the collaboration with the public through scan-a-thons, hackathons and challenges. The Innovation Hub will explore a variety of projects, including:
o Citizen archivist crowdsourcing tools
o An external collaboration network where researchers and
can engage on historical topics related to National Archives records NARA
o Tools for citizen digitization efforts
o Collaboration efforts with the Wikipedia community
It will be interesting to see where this goes and how individuals (e.g. citizens) can support digitization and Wikipedia community activities.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dick Eastman for posting about this; I caught the cross-post on Facebook.
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