15 June 2017

Digital Maine & More – Crowdsourcing to Make History More Accessible!

Digital Maine & More – Crowdsourcing to Make History More Accessible!

We always love to hear about records being digitized and when crowdsourcing is used to create full access to the content.

Digital Maine is doing just that …

DMTP started in 2016 as a collaborative project of the Maine State Archives and Maine State Library. The decision was made to open up access to as many digital images of original documents as possible, but staff lacked time to transcribe them.
Building upon other national projects such as those at the Smithsonian and University of Iowa, staff developed this partner project to encourage members of the public to participate.  Individuals can now assist us by transcribing the documents which they find interesting and share their work with the world.

Volunteers can work from the comfort of their homes - just create a login and start transcribing!

Many familiar names use crowdsourcing and the article, Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage: 'Citizen Archivists' for the Future, gives a nice overview of those projects.  Since last year, The Huntington Library (CA) has been using crowdsourcing to transcribe Civil War Telegrams.

It’s not just a U.S. phenomenon either. The site Europeana Transcribe is in the process of getting over 22,000 documents transcribed while Volunteers transcribe WWI experiences of Queenslanders [Australia].

So, if you have a few minutes, maybe you can help out one of these projects.

What other genealogy-related crowdsourced projects do you know of?

Editor’s Note: Upfront with NGS has frequently talked about crowdsourcing.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dick Eastman for letting us know about this project.

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