|Join us for "By the People" -- An Overview of Library of Congress' crowd-sourced transcription program||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Burger (jburgeraserl.org)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 08:33:11 -0800 (PST)|
ASERL Friends: We are pleased to offer this new webinar from our colleagues at the Library of Congress. "By the People" is a web-based crowdsourcing project and program of engagement launched by the Library of Congress in October 2018. It is built on Concordia, new software for crowdsourced text transcription and tagging, which was developed at the Library in 2018. By the People invites volunteers all over the world to transcribe and tag digitized images of documents in the Library’s collections. As of December 2019, By the People offers twelve collections for volunteers to engage with and explore, including the papers of Abraham Lincoln, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, Suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Mary Church Terrell, Civil War soldiers, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. The goals of the project are to engage people with Library collections and increase access to these collections by making them word searchable and legible to screen readers. By the People provides new opportunities for learning and personal growth for people across the age and educational spectrum, and is frequently used by educators and librarians for teaching and programming in their own institutions. Anyone can take part in By the People: you don’t even need an account to transcribe. Volunteers who register for an account can also add tags and review transcriptions created by other volunteers. All transcriptions are created and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to the Library’s main website, loc.gov, where they are published alongside the original images with an attribution to the volunteers. The data are also available in bulk to support research in disciplines ranging from Machine Learning, linguistics, literature, languages, and history, to name a few. This webinar will provide an overview of how By the People works, how crowdsourcing projects and programs might be adopted at other institutions, and how the resulting data can serve researchers and patrons. WEBINAR: "By the People" -- An Overview of Library of Congress' crowd-sourced transcription program DATE & TIME: Jan 16, 2020 at 2pm ET / 1pm central Time REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2425967254767661835 ASERL webinars are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. As always, these sessions are available at no cost, and will be recorded for later playback on our Archive page -- see http://www.aserl.org/archive . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. https://link.gotowebinar.com/help-system-requirements-attendees --jeb John Burger, Executive Director Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) c/o Robert W. Woodruff Library 540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316 Atlanta, GA 30322 404-727-0137
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