Monthly Archives: September 2015

DIY History

For this week’s crowdsourcing assignment, I explored The University of Iowa Libraries’ DIYHistory site. The DIYHistory site features digitized items from the university’s various archives and collections. The purpose of this “do it yourself” history website is to make its

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Prism

I contributed to Prism, for my crowdsourcing project. I was initially attracted to the clean design of the website and the two column set up of the text and the information. On the right of the page you can read

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Papers of the War Department Crowdsourcing

For my crowdsourcing project, I joined the Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 effort. This group has, through vigorous searching, come into possession of over 55,000 documents from the War Department prior to 1800. This effort is significant because, prior

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NYPL Map Warper

One of the New York Public Library’s many crowdsourcing projects is the Map Warper project. The purpose of the project is to align digitized historical maps with today’s highly precise maps. The library scans the maps, charts, and atlases from its

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Crowdsourcing with the Smithsonian

I chose to work with the Smithsonian Digital Volunteer Transcription Center for my crowdsourcing participation. The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer brings together anyone who wants to help transcribe a selected number of texts from the Smithsonian’s range of museums and galleries.

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Johnny Cash Project

For the crowdsourcing assignment, I chose the Johnny Cash Project, which is an art project seeking to present a popular vision of what the man, artist, and music represents. His music is usually my karaoke go-to, so it was a

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NYPL ‘Building Inspector’

For this week’s Crowdsourcing task, I chose to take part in the NYPL Building Inspector project. The goal of the project is to digitize the plethora New York City maps and atlases collected by the NYPL over the years, and

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Distributed Proofreaders (Crowdsourcing)

For my crowd sourcing project, I elected to explore Digital Proofreaders, a site dedicated to assisting in the process of converting Public Domain books into an e-book format. DP relies on volunteers to manually edit the text produced by OCR, making

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Sampling NYPL’s “What’s on the Menu?”

The New York Public Library holds approximately 45,000 menus, dating from the 1840s to the present, in their Rare Books Division. As research interest around the collection increased, curatorial staff sought to make the contents – prices, organization of meals,

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Becoming a Citizen Archivist

For the crowdsourcing project, I joined a program called “Citizen Archivist” through the National Archives.  There were several different projects I could contribute to.  I ended up volunteering to write video subtitles because, honestly, it sounded like the most fun task. They

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