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The Library of Congress launched a crowdsourcing project to allow volunteers to transcribe American historical documents

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2019/8/14 23:33:57     readed:37

The People's Crowdsourcing Project invites interested volunteers to transcribe digital images of personal letters, diaries, receipts, speeches and other documents from well-known and less-known people who participated in various historical movements, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, who mostly experienced the American Civil War and the Abolition Movement. The feminist movement. Volunteers can choose the most interesting topics for transcription, check other people's work, or just read.

The interface of transcription process is well designed. Documents are displayed on the left side, where volunteers can zoom in and move files in their space to provide the best view, which is particularly useful for narrow handwritten text, which is often popular among 19th century writers. The blank area on the right is where the volunteers input transcription. These documents provide a glimpse of important issues and details of everyday life at that time.

If you just want to read some documents and even try to copy them by hand, it's easy to start. You just go to the Press Personnel theme page and click the View Items button for the activity you are interested in. Each activity page provides the historical background you will encounter, the number of contributors volunteered for that particular activity, the number of documents completed, the number of documents to be reviewed, the number of documents in progress, or the number of documents that have not yet started. There are many documents available to everyone. At the time of writing, the campaign known as "Voting Rights: Women's Votes" had 48,380 documents in its crowdsourcing archives and 23,363 documents had not yet been published.

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