This is a new online system for the public to help us transcribe and review these historical documents held at the Smithsonian. If you have not seen the Transcription Center before, we invite you to take a quick look at it at http://transcription.si.edu.
|The Transcription Center home page|
|Transcribing a page from a 1963 notebook on the observation of Cyanerpes (honeycreepers) birds by Martin Moynihan|
|A page from the Charles Henry Hart Autograph collection, 1731-1912.|
|A search result page from the Smithsonian Collections Search Center.|
I am humbled by the incredible participation of our volunteers who have given us their time and dedication to help the Smithsonian in the Transcription Center. We know how much time it must have taken to transcribe the over 12,980 pages of documents already completed – documents which frequently have illegible handwriting and difficult page layouts. Yet the quality of the finished transcription is outstanding! In our communications with our volunteers, we can tell that everyone is dedicated to producing quality work. Our volunteers take full advantage of the “Review” function in the Transcription Center; they reviewed and corrected any inaccurate content and their efforts have resulted in accurate transcriptions for everyone to use.
Our next blog post will discuss our efforts to make the use of the transcriptions which our volunteers have provided. Stay tuned for more!
Ching-Hsien Wang, Project Manager for the Transcription Center
Library and Archives System Support Branch, OCIO