Poynter: A new game puts the public into public radio archives. “The game, called Fix It, was launched by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation. It asks the public for help in identifying and correcting errors in public media transcripts — which improves both the searchability and accessibility of archival material from the collection.”
University of Arizona: National Phenology Network Hits 10M Records. “The U.S. Geological Survey-funded USA National Phenology Network, hosted within the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Science’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has enabled people across the country to collect and share information on phenology of plants and animals since 2009. And because people love observing nature and reporting what they see so much, the National Phenology Database has just crossed the threshold of 10 million records.”
Want to help someone build a digital archive of fishing stories? Here ya go. “South Dakota resident Buddy Seiner wants to hear your fishing stories. More accurately, he wants to record them for generations to come. Seiner is working on the first online archive for audio fishing stories. The project, called Fish Stories, will help anglers share their fishing tales, reports, favorite moments and memories, all while preserving their fishing legacies for future generations.”
Iowa State University needs some help transcribing its yearbook collection. “A six-year effort to digitize the entire ‘Bomb’ collection (1894 to 1994, minus 1902) concluded in 2016. Unfortunately, the digital versions are difficult to search, primarily because the software used to transcribe the yearbooks’ pages into digital and searchable text had problems recognizing pre-1920s fonts. For example, a capital O is often seen as @, and a capital C is usually, but not always, listed as <t. Hand-drawn graphics, unique layouts and lists of students' names also posed issues for the transcription software. In addition to search difficulties, the digitized version's quirky typos and incomplete information hinder people who require accessible computing for visual, auditory, physical or other kinds of disabilities. "
From The Daily Wildcat (University of Arizona): UA professor to update old native films by ‘tribesourcing’. “When the UA received the American Indian Film Gallery, an original collection of over 450 non-fiction films from the mid-1900s exploring the cultures of Native Americans, Jennifer Jenkins was convinced that the university should do more than simply host a display of the coveted film collection. From this inspiration, Jenkins, an associate professor in the Department of English, has created a unique project that is rousing recognition and excitement. She and a research team will spend the next three years traveling to native communities in Arizona and New Mexico to conduct interviews and record narratives from modern-day native cultural groups. Then, they will add these perspectives to the decades-old films, creating a more accurate account of Native American culture.”
Straits Times: How can you play a part in tracing the roots of the early Chinese community in Singapore?. “Do your part for historical scholarship by helping to enrich the annotated version of Song Ong Siang’s classic historical text, ‘One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore’. First published in 1923, the book is a 20th century history classic and key primary source on colonial Singapore. It is often referred to by researchers as well as individuals who want to trace their family history.”
Phys.org: Archival photos offer research value. “Launched just six weeks ago, Smapshot is a public web portal on which anyone can geotag aerial photographs of Switzerland from the 1960s. They superimpose the provided photos onto a virtual map of contemporary Switzerland that was built from data provided by the Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo). Users can then add anecdotes about the location, provide additional topographical information, chat with other users and share their discoveries on Facebook. And as thanks for their help, they are allowed to print the archival photo that they geotagged.”