17 July 2015

One Person Can Do So Much! Virtual Volunteering (NARA)

We sometimes wonder can one person really make a difference.  I know that my belief is yes!

This post on The National Archives NARATIONS blog, Virtual Volunteering, Retirement Project 2.0, seems to support my belief –

Recently I met Alex Smith through an email he sent to [email protected]. Through our correspondence I learned that he began transcribing our records as a retirement project. I was really interested in transcription through the eyes of a Citizen Archivist and Mr. Smith was kind enough to answer my questions.

If you would like to become a Citizen Archivist and tag, transcribe, subtitle or upload and share visit http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/

This short blog post gives you the personal perspective of one volunteer and why he gravitated to the Citizen Archivist project and how he’s been so successful with it.  Flexibility over when to work on items, from where to work on items, what items to work on, and the subject matter of the worked on items are just a few of what “hooked” Alex Smith.

I know that our local genealogy societies, while not using a spiffy interface like the Citizen Archivist project, have made use of PDF Files, cloud storage, and other techniques to make it incredibly easy for non-local members to help abstract or transcribe documents.

Do you know a very successful Virtual Volunteer?
What project(s) have they worked on?
What have you found the benefits of Virtual Volunteering to Be?
Any tips for those looking to dive into Virtual Volunteering?

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