Library of Congress: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman with Series of Exhibits, Events and Digital Crowdsourcing to Showcase Collections. “The Library’s crowdsourcing initiative ‘By the People’ will launch a campaign April 24 to enlist the public to help transcribe more than 121,000 pages of Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online. Documents selected for transcription will include samples of Whitman’s poetry, prose and correspondence, including versions of poems such as ‘Oh Captain! My Captain!’ and fragments of poems Whitman published in more finished form in ‘Leaves of Grass.'”
International African American Museum: Announcing the Restore the Ancestors 2019 Project: Help Us Index Records for African American Genealogy. “The Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, FamilySearch and BlackProGen Live have announced the launch of Restore the Ancestors 2019, a volunteer community effort to index FamilySearch records of interest for African American genealogy, with a special focus on records for the former slaveholding states.”
A big thanks to Diane R for telling me about FluidDATA, available at https://fluiddata.com/ . It’s a search engine for podcast transcripts! From the About page: “FluidDATA podcast search engine allows you to search millions of podcast transcripts. Search all the best podcasts for keywords, topics, or people. View podcast statistics and trends in all the top podcasts. Add podcast transcript search to your podcast app or website with our advanced search API.” I sense an article in the future.
Library of Congress: Branch Rickey Crowdsourcing Project: It’s Outta Here!. “Just four months after the Library partnered with the public to transcribe the papers of baseball icon Branch Rickey, volunteers have transcribed all 1,926 pages of Rickey’s scouting reports, making them available for digital research just in time for Major League Baseball’s opening day.”
State Archives of North Carolina: TranscribeNC is Now Live!. “TranscribeNC, a transcription project hosted by the State Archives featuring 5 collections, is now live! We are recruiting volunteers to spend a little time helping to transcribe its first project — county draft board records of men who were drafted or enlisted during World War I.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Announcing the Veterans Oral History Project!. “The State Archives of North Carolina & North Carolina Government & Heritage Library are proud to present the Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 remarkable women.” They need transcription help.
I am translating both the headline and the pull quote from Danish using Google Translate. Apologies for any errors. TV 2 Lorry: Museum calls for key-use: Will make mega-collection digital. “Currently, approximately 4,000 butterflies have been photographed and digitized. But all the small print on the tiny handwritten labels, with information about the butterfly, must also be entered. The mini labels, which are not larger than a nail, are placed on the needle under each butterfly in the collection.” The project is being administered by Zooniverse. I went to the project side and did one butterfly with minimal difficulty (I had a little trouble reading a handwritten label in Danish.) Mostly the project is asking you if labels are there, what the dates are, etc.