REMINDER: "By the People" -- An Overview of Library of Congress' crowd-sourced transcription program is next week
From: John Burger (
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2020 11:57:03 -0800 (PST)
ASERL Friends:

A reminder that next week will 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 

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,, 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

REGISTRATION LIST - As of January 9, 2020
1. Atlanta University Center    Jessica Leming
2. Auburn University    Elizabeth       Bates
3. Clemson University   Brenda  Burk
4. Clemson University   James   Cross
5. Clemson University   Jessica Serrao
6. Duke University      Noah    Huffman
7. East Carolina University     Jennifer        Overstreet
8. Florida International University     Rhia    Rae
9. Florida International University     Jamie   Rogers
10. Florida State University    Krystal Thomas
11. George Mason University     Yoko    Ferguson
12. Georgia State University    Tricia  Clayton
13. Georgia State University    Jeff    Steely
14. Grand Valley State University       Mary    Morgan
15. Grand Valley State University       Susan   Ponischil
16. Tulane University   Rachel  Stein
17. Tulane University   Jason   Straight
18. UNC Charlotte       Rita    Johnston
19. UNC Charlotte       Michael Winecoff
20. University of Kentucky      Alyssa  Coon
21. University of Kentucky      Adrian  Ho
22. University of Kentucky      Jennifer        Hootman
23. University of Kentucky      Antje   Mays
24. University of Memphis       Sylverna        Ford
25. University of Mississippi   Gail    Herrera
26. University of South Carolina        Amie    Freeman
27. University of South Carolina        Heather Heckman
28. University of South Florida Amanda  Boczar
29. University of South Florida Jane    Duncan
30. University of Virginia      Whitney Buccicone
31. Virginia Tech       Corinne Guimont
32. Wake Forest University      James   Harper

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    

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information 
about joining the webinar.   

We hope this proves interesting and useful.


John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) c/o Robert W. Woodruff 
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA  30322


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