Archives seeks help transcribing historical documents
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Mar 18, 2015
As part of Sunshine Week, a week-long national initiative promoting open government, the National Archives is encouraging interested citizens to help meet its goal of transcribing 1,000 non-machine-readable documents this week from its collections.
The transcribing challenge, dubbed #1000pages, seeks to make the archived information easier for research to read and query.
Examples of records the National Archives is seeking to transcribe are love letters between Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, records from the Confederate government and declassified CIA records, to name a few.
Those interested in participating must create an account, choose from a list of documents to transcribe and abide by certain contrition policies.
In addition to transcribing, the Archive’s citizen archivist program uses crowdsourcing to put keyword tags on documents, upload images to the Citizen Archivist Research group on Flickr and help type, index, validate, proofread and catalog a treasure trove of the archives’ original historic documents, being made available online through the WikiProject NARA.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.